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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Naas trials put on ice after snow hits track

THE big jumps meeting of the season at Naas is unlikely to take place in the next week after a flurry of snow left the track unraceable yesterday.

Arctic conditions returned with a vengeance on Saturday night to disrupt the racing programme and there was no racing on either side of the Irish Sea.

According to Naas manager Tom Ryan there is little hope of the cancelled meeting being rescheduled for the coming week. The fixture -- which was due to feature the Woodlands Park 100 Nas Na Riogh Chase, Novice Hurdle and Chase, all Grade Two contests -- was called off after over an inch of snow hit the track overnight.

"The schedule is already fairly full for next week," Ryan said yesterday.

Today's racing has already been hit with the loss of Market Rasen's jumps fixture due to frost and snow.

Although a slight thaw late yesterday morning offered a degree of optimism at the Lincolnshire venue, the situation was considered untenable following a mid-afternoon inspection.

Today's other National Hunt card at Carlisle will need to survive an 8am inspection if it is to go ahead.

Elsewhere, officials at Wolverhampton are to hold an inspection at the same time ahead of their afternoon meeting.

Though the Dunstall Park all-weather track was clear of snow yesterday, there is a risk of light snow showers early today.

No problems are envisaged at tomorrow's extra meeting scheduled for Lingfield. However, the jumps card at Southwell is under threat following four inches of snow yesterday.

Irish Independent

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