The Catterick reunion snowed; additional inspections | Race news

Thursday’s big North Yorkshire national meeting in Catterick had to be abandoned due to snow.

Officials called a precautionary inspection for 7:30 a.m. due to the threat of overnight snowfall, and course director Fiona Needham arrived on a winter scene Thursday morning.

As the snow continued to fall, Needham had no choice but to cancel the procedure around 6.30am.

She said, “The snow came in the early hours, I think. We had a blanket when I got there just after 5.30am and I was like ‘if it turned to ice, it might be okay’. Unfortunately, while I I was going to walk the course, the snow got heavier and heavier.

“It became clear that the snow was going nowhere. It’s disappointing, but it is.”

Friday’s game in Huntingdon, which features the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle, is subject to a 4 p.m. Thursday warning due to a risk of flooding.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for Alconbury Creek, which borders the racecourse.

Lingfield’s national hunting meeting on Monday is already in doubt.

The course is heavy and an inspection was requested Thursday at 1 p.m. as the rain continues to fall and standing water forms.

The situation is even bleaker ahead of the Newcastle meeting on January 20.

An inspection has been announced for noon today as the course is partially frozen, waterlogged and under snow.

With snow and rain forecast for the rest of the day, hopes are clearly not high.

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