Chepstow: 10cm of snow forecast to fall on Friday morningPICTURE: Paul Gilham / Getty Images
Optimism despite Welsh National snow threat
CHEPSTOW officials are confident of staging Saturday's rearranged Coral Welsh National despite up to 10cm of snow forecast to hit the track early on Friday morning.
The track sits incubated under frost covers that went down last Friday and clerk of the course Keith Ottesen is optimistic the high-class card, which also features the Grade 1 Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle, will go ahead with temperatures expected to rise after the predicted icy blast.
Ottesen said on Thursday: "We're forecast snow from 3am to 9am with 10cm forecast to fall. From then on temperatures will remain around zero or -1C before warm air brings in rain and temperatures of 7-8C from early Saturday.
"The track can take lots more moisture. It's still soft but it's not bad - it's proper jumping ground."
Punters who have backed Synchronised and Summery Justice for the Welsh National will be hoping that the meeting goes ahead after both horses were cut again on Thursday.
Andrew Cooper: clerk reports heavy rain at SandownPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Favourite Synchronised was clipped to 5-1 (from 11-2) by Coral, while Summery Justice was shortened to 10-1 (from 12) by Totesport and Ladbrokes.
Prospects for Saturday's Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle meeting at Sandown are not quite so bright with heavy rain falling at the track on Thursday and more expected before the weekend.
Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper said on Thursday: "We measured 15mm of rain today. It's significantly more than we were expecting.
"We've had as much today as we were expecting for the whole period. We'll keep an eye on conditions and assess the situation in the morning."
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