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Huntingdon delay meeting 24 hours

Officials at Huntingdon have moved their meeting to tomorrow after being forced to abandon this afternoon's card.

With conditions still deemed unraceable, clerk of the course Andrew Morris called off the initial fixture but is hopeful tomorrow's card will be given the green light.

"We've held the inspection and temperatures have not risen as expected," said Morris. "We were forecast 3C but we have barely got above 1C.

"With prospects incredibly bleak we have had to abandon.

"However, after liaising with the BHA, we have decided to move the meeting to Saturday.

"We'd be very hopeful of racing at this stage."

The move comes as temperatures continue to rise in the UK, bringing hope that jumps racing there will make its long-awaited return to the fixture list over the weekend.

Barring the first ever all-weather all-bumper card at Southwell on Wednesday, there has been no National Hunt racing on British soil since Plumpton's Sussex National meeting on January 3.



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That could all change tomorrow -- along with Huntingdon, officials at Kempton are also confident of racing over the sticks.

Although the track at Kempton is still partially covered in snow, it passed an inspection this morning and clerk of the course Barney Clifford is optimistic racing will go ahead.

"There's still some snow on the track but about 85% of it is clear with just the 15% around the lake which will disappear today," said Clifford.

"We are forecast 6C today and 2C overnight with a balmy 8C to look forward to tomorrow!

"There is some rain pushing in tomorrow but I wouldn't mind seeing some rain to just take the deadness out of the ground."

Wetherby were also due to race tomorrow, but the meeting has been abandoned due to snow after an inspection this morning.

"Nothing has really changed over the past couple of days," said Clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson. "About 50% of the track is still covered in half an inch to an inch of snow. Although the forecast is marginally better for today with some light rain, the wind chill is still very low.

"I think it will take a couple more days for the snow to clear so there was no point in prolonging the decision."

Ffos Las are optimistic of staging their jumps meeting on Sunday after the Welsh course passed an 8am inspection yesterday.

Clerk of the course Tim Long said: "The thaw has continued and it only got down to plus two overnight. We have a favourable forecast and it is all systems go.

"It has improved so much in the last 48 hours."

The thaw did not come in time for Musselburgh who have had to abandon their two-day fixture planned for today and tomorrow.

Clerk of the course Anthea Morshead said: "We've had to abandon both fixtures. The temperatures have not risen and instead of improvement we've had none at all."


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