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Ascot racecourse (jumps) under snow

Snow and freezing forecasts have left racing's fixture list in disarray

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Bangor and Fontwell abandon Friday cards

FRIDAY'S fixtures at Bangor and Fontwell were abandoned on Wednesday morning due to snow and freezing forecasts.

Both courses recorded five inches of snowfall on Tuesday night and were left with no choice but to abandon their meetings.

Bangor clerk of the course, Ed Gretton, said: "Five inches of snow on frozen ground left us with no chance.

"We are due for more snow and freezing weather so the meeting is abandoned."

Edward Arkell at Fontwell had a similar story to tell, saying: "The track is covered, and even if, by some miracle, it melted it would just freeze and we don't have a prayer."

The only hope of jump racing taking place in Britain this weekend now rests with Ffos Las on Saturday, which is due to stage the rescheduled Tolworth Hurdle.

Thursday Huntingdon Abandoned
  Ludlow Abandoned
  Thurles Abandoned
  Lingfield AW - Standard; inspection 6.30am Thursday; forecast is for a snow-free night
  Kempton AW - Standard; inspection 8am Thursday; snow forecast for Wednesday night
  Southwell AW - Standard to slow; very confident of racing
Friday Bangor Abandoned
  Fontwell Abandoned
  Lingfield AW - Standard
  Southwell AW - Standard to Slow
  Wolverhampton AW - Standard; four inches of snow on the track; inspection 2.30pm Thursday
Saturday Sedgefield Abandoned
  Wincanton Abandoned
  Punchestown Abandoned
  Ffos Las Soft, Good to Soft in places; two inches of snow on the track; needs “a bit of luck” togo ahead
  Kempton AW
  Lingfield AW
Sunday Hereford Abandoned
  Leopardstown Snow-covered; currently unraceable; frosts and cold weather expected until the weekend at least
  Southwell AW
Monday Ayr Track frozen; sub-zero temperatures forecast all week; inspection 11am on Thursday; “very little prospect of a thaw”
  Taunton Track frozen; Soft (before freezing); sub-zero temperatures forecast all week; snow-covered with more to come
  Wolverhampton AW
Tuesday Leicester Track frozen; hurdle - Soft, Heavy in places, chase – Good, Soft on Flat crossings (before freezing); snow-covered; freezing temperatures every night; more snow forecast on Friday and Sunday
  Newcastle Track frozen; Soft (before freezing); six inches of snow on the track; freezing temperatures until the weekend; snow forecast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  Southwell AW
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