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Saturday 18 November 2017

Freezing weather wreaks havoc

Marie Crowe

Marie Crowe

Today's eagerly awaited meeting at Fairyhouse fell victim to the weather yesterday and will now be run on Thursday next.

Track officials gave the track every chance to recover from Friday night's snowstorm in a bid to go ahead with today's meeting, which was to feature three Grade Ones, including the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

The decision to postpone the high-profile fixture was taken after an inspection of the course at midday yesterday when the track was covered in a three-inch blanket of snow and temperatures had not risen much above zero.

The best races from yesterday and today's meetings will be run off in an eight-race programme on Thursday -- with the feature the Hatton's Grace Hurdle. The action is due to commence at 11.50. Entry on Thursday will be free for all patrons.

Today's big GAA games have also been affected by the freezing weather conditions.

The much anticipated AIB Leinster Club SHC final between O'Loughlin Gaels and Oulart-The Ballagh, which was due to take place at Carlow's Dr Cullen Park, was postponed.

The junior football final meeting of Ballinabrackey and St Andrew's, scheduled for Portlaoise, was also called off.

In Ulster, the football final between Crossmaglen of Armagh and Donegal champions Naomh Conaill also fell foul of the weather, due to a frozen pitch at Clones.

The title decider has been refixed for the same time next weekend. The Ulster junior and intermediate finals also suffered a similar fate and are due to be played next weekend, weather permitting.

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