Catterick and Thurles face inspections
THE icy weather looks set to severely deplete Thursday's cards with the action at Catterick and Thurles seriously in doubt. Hereford failed its 8am inspection due to a frozen track.
Temperatures at Catterick dipped to as low as minus seven overnight and as the course is currently frozen, clerk of the course Fiona Needham is not optimistic ahead of a 12pm inspection on Wednesday.
"It is very cold here now and itwas minus seven overnight so obviously, we are frozen," said Needham.
"The forecast seems to have deteriorated in that we are only forecast a slight frost tonight but then temperatures of minus three or four on Wednesday night.
"It is not good at the moment and we have called an inspection for 12pm on Wednesday."
Thursday's meeting at Thurles will have to pass a 9am inspection on Wednesday if it is to go ahead.
Officials had originally planned to inspect the course on the morning of the meeting, but were forced to bring that inspection forward due to an unfavourable weather forecast.
"The weather people say the frost is not to be as bad tonight and tomorrow, so we're keeping our fingers crossed."
The chases at the Irish venue have already been abandoned due to the state of the ground.
Hopes are higher for Friday's card at Kelso, where Anthea Morshead said: "We have had some snow but we are due to get a slow, gradual thaw and that might be enoughto save us."
But prospects are poor for Huntingdon on the same day.
Officials at Hereford ispected at 8am on Wednesday. But were forced to abandon Thursday's card due to a frozen track.