Southwell: track is frozen with the forecast offering no hope of it thawingPICTURE: David Dew
Southwell abandons Wednesday's fixture
SOUTHWELL has been forced to abandon Wednesday's National Hunt fixture, meaning there will be no jumps action in Britain until Thursday at the earliest.
A frozen track was again the problem, and clerk of the course, Roderick Duncan, said: "It got down to -6c this [Monday] morning, the track is frozen and I can't see any change at all."
Southwell became the third course forced to abandon meetings scheduled for the forthcoming week. Leicester called off its meetings after temperatures hit -9c overnight, while at Hexham, freezing temperatures combined with 18 inches of snow on the track put paid to Wednesday's meeting.
Huntingdon and Ludlow are the next two courses due to stage jumps fixtures on Thursday, although prospects are 'pretty bleak' for racing at Huntingdon on Tuesday.
Both Huntingdon and Ludlow will inspect on Tuesday at 2pm.