Wednesday 23 August 2017

Big freeze tightens its grip

With no sign of a thaw in sight, the big freeze continues to decimate the National Hunt scene, with

Doncaster's meeting on Wednesday the latest to have been abandoned.

Thursday's meetings at Catterick and Towcester are subject to course inspections today at noon and 10.0am respectively.

The outlook at both looks pretty grim, with Robert Bellamy at Towcester reporting: "The track is frozen solid and there are five inches of snow on it. I haven't been able to get to the track for a week, but I'm going in to have a look."

Today's Kempton card is subject to a 7.30am inspection due to the threat of heavy snow, while Wolverhampton will make a decision half an hour later.

Prospects of a resumption of turf racing this week appear slim, and it is an 8/11 chance on Betfair that no racing takes place before this day next week.

Irish Independent

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