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Frosty Ascot 17.12.10

Ascot: frost covers have been down at the track since Saturday

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Cold snap puts classy Haydock card in doubt

PLUNGING overnight temperatures have lessened the chances of Haydock staging its high-class card on Saturday which features the Peter Marsh Chase and Champion Hurdle Trial.

Conditions at the track are described as heavy, but while the course could have raced on Tuesday, the forecast is for temperatures to drop dramatically in the coming days.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: "We could have raced today, but the next two nights are going to present a very big test when temperatures could get down to as low as -9C."

He added: "The entire course has been protected from the frost with covers since last Friday, and now we can only play it by ear and see what unfolds."

Saturday's other big meeting is at Ascot, with the highlight the Victor Chandler Chase, and while frost covers have been down since Saturday, temperatures are forecast to be as low as -5C, with the threat of sleet and snow showers on Friday. Snow is also forecast for Taunton on Saturday, with the course due to stage its richest raceday.

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