Sunday 17 December 2017

cold snap hits jumping action

Freezing temperatures continue to cause problems for National Hunt racing in England ahead of one of the most crucial weekends of the season.

While there are no expected problems for Thurles this Thursday, things are far more bleak across the Irish Sea due to the ongoing cold snap.

The sport will be praying for a break in the weather ahead of Newbury's 'Super Saturday' meeting.

Newbury clerk of the course Richard Osgood said: "There is an east-west divide in the forecast but I don't think it will be as cold as it was last week. But that changes from day to day."

With forecasts suggesting more frosty nights are in store, yesterday's fixture at Ayr could prove to be the final jumps card to be run for a few days.

All-weather fare at Southwell and Wolverhampton makes up today's programme after both Market Rasen and Sedgefield were abandoned.

Lingfield's meeting tomorrow has already fallen by the wayside. Clerk of the course Neil Mackenzie Ross said: "The course is still under snow and is frozen. It will barely get above freezing (tomorrow), we've no chance of racing and we've made an early decision."

Carlisle's card tomorrow survived an inspection yesterday afternoon, with another this morning. Officials at Ludlow will also check today ahead of tomorrow's scheduled fixture.

The BHA stated that if Kempton's turf meeting on Friday is abandoned a card of 'jumpers bumpers' will take place on the all-weather surface.

Irish Independent

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