Friday 24 November 2017

Down Royal deferred

Work riders brave the elements as they make their way back from the gallops in Middleham, England, yesterday
Work riders brave the elements as they make their way back from the gallops in Middleham, England, yesterday

Today's scheduled Down Royal card will instead take place next Wednesday, after the widespread freezing conditions yesterday prompted the first cancellation of an Irish racing fixture since last March.

Tomorrow's meeting at Clonmel is also subject to an 8.0 inspection this morning, with parts of the track described as unfit for racing.

The loss of today's Ludlow and Carlisle cards mean that there will be no jump racing in Britain for a third day in a row, but temperatures are expected to rise in the coming days.

Indeed, the frost covers were removed from Newbury yesterday ahead of Saturday's big-race card, and Leopardstown's Hennessy Gold Cup meeting is not thought to be in danger.

"We're in a very good position, the ground is yielding, soft in places," said Leopardstown's operations manager Nessa Joyce. "At the moment we've got green grass and blue skies.

"It has been very cold this week, but temperatures are set to rise. As it stands, we have no worries about the weather at all and are just really looking forward to it."

Irish Independent

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