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Sandown - January 3 2009

Sandown: Saturday's meeting was abandoned due to heavy frost

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Continued cold snap delays Tolworth decision

TALKS on the rescheduling of the Tolworth Hurdle are to be delayed until Monday at the earliest due to fears that the weekend's showpiece jumps fixtures could meet the same fate as Saturday's abandoned Sandown card.

The Blue Square-sponsored Grade 1 event, Britain's most prestigious novice hurdle prior to the Cheltenham Festival, had been due to highlight a Sandown fixture that was abandoned following a 10am inspection that revealed parts of the track, which had been protected by frost covers, were frozen solid.

Channel 4-televised meetings at Warwick and Kempton on Saturday were quickly identified as potential new homes for the Tolworth, but BHA spokesman Paul Struthers said: "Because of the extreme weather forecast for the next seven to 14 days, there is no point in looking at the Tolworth until Monday at the earliest when we will have more idea what fixtures might or might not take place.

"OnMonday, we will see what is under threat and what might not be under threat, but it could be that we don't take a decision until later in the week."

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