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Chepstow: the original Welsh National meeting was lost to frost

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Welsh National meeting rests on milder forecast

CHEPSTOW clerk of the course Keith Ottesen is banking on warmer weather on Friday to ensure Saturday's rescheduled Coral Welsh National meeting goes ahead.

The track - which has been under frost covers since Friday and is soft, good to soft in places - is threatened by forecast frosts on Wednesday and Thursday nights, but far milder temperatures on the eve of the race meeting promise to leave the track in good shape.

Ottesen said on Wednesday: "I do not want to make wild predictions as there is still a hint of fingers crossed with the weather, butthings are looking a lot better for the weekend as temperatures are forecast to rise to between 7C and 10C.

"There are frosts forecast for this evening and Thursday evening but it is due to warm up throughout the day on Friday, and it does not dip again through Friday evening the forecasters tell us, so let's hope they are spot-on."

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