Julian Muscat: All-weather cards needed
One week on from the big thaw and glue-like ground conditions are holding back many a young prospect. Haydock's valuable card today underlines the distinct shortage of runners at the bigger English tracks. However, the answer stares the authorities in the face.
Had Kempton's meeting last Saturday been abandoned, an all-weather Flat card exclusively for jumpers was all set to take its place. The fact it attracted more than 350 entries illustrated that such cards should be introduced in their own right, rather than as a fall-back position at this time of year.