Cancellations prompt BHA to add more all-weathers

With the cold snap continuing the decimate the racing fixture list, the British Horseracing Authority have moved to lessen the damage by adding three further all-weather fixtures for next week.

There will be no National Hunt racing in Britain until Tuesday at the earliest with a combination of snow and frost leading to countless abandonments, so BHA officials have added fixtures at Kempton, Lingfield and Southwell.

Kempton's Monday card will be made up of six races and entries will close at noon tomorrow. Declarations must be made by 10am on Saturday.


Additional meetings will also be staged at Lingfield on Tuesday and Southwell on Wednesday, although the details of those cards have yet to be confirmed.

Henrietta Knight's Somersby is likely to have one more run before a crack at the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

"We won't have any racing this month so he won't get the race we wanted to run.

"We may just have to go a bit closer to the Festival and race him in February instead," said Knight.

Keith Reveley is waiting for a change in the weather to allow his stable star Tazbar to gain more experience over fences.

The RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival remains Tazbar's long-term target.

Leading Arkle Trophy contender Tataniano could continue his education over fences in the Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster later this month.

The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old is two from two over the larger obstacles but has been off the track since winning at Cheltenham in November.