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Threat of freezing at Tuesday’s meeting in Newbury |  Race news

Tuesday’s meeting in Newbury, which is expected to feature MansionBet Challow Grade One novice hurdle, is undergoing a pre-emptive inspection due to the threat of freezing.

While race director Keith Ottesen reports that the track is perfectly runnable right now, the prospect of an overnight frost and possible winter downpours prompted him to call for a check at 8:30 am.

He said: “We have covered the race lines on both the hurdles and the pursuit tracks. It could drop to 0 ° C or -1 ° C, with daytime temperatures of 2 ° C or 3 ° C – so quite similar to today, with the possibility of some winter showers.

“We’re perfectly runnable today – and the inspection is purely preventative – but there’s no point in being complacent, so we’ll take a look in the morning.”

The situation is currently described as mild at the Berkshire site, with equally easy conditions at Kelso and Doncaster – for jumps on both of these tracks, with Southwell racing all weather.

Wednesday’s meeting in Haydock has already been canceled due to snow.

The Merseyside site was supposed to hold a seven-race card, but four inches of snow fell on the track overnight, forcing the meeting to be canceled.

The course tweeted: “Unfortunately due to four inches of snow overnight and heavy rain on Boxing Day, the race was abandoned on Wednesday, December 30.”

Races are still scheduled for Market Rasen and Taunton on jumps, with an all-weather card in Wolverhampton.





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