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Racing at Wincanton on Sunday is expected to go ahead

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Prospects of Sunday racing much brighter

WINTER'S untimely return put paid to the hopes of turf racing in Britain and Ireland on Saturday but there are no such issues anticipated for Sunday's meetings.

The weather gods smiled on Wincanton and no inspection is planned for Sunday’s jumps card.

"We're perfectly raceable now," said clerk of the course Barry Johnson on Saturday afternoon. "We had heavy rain on Friday but nothing since this morning. It might touch freezing tonight but I wouldn't be worried about that and there's no rain or snow forecast. The going is heavy."

It's a similar story for the day's other turf meeting at the Curragh and for the all-weather fixture at Lingfield. Lingfield clerk of the course Neil Mackenzie Ross anticipates no issues, while scattered showers are unlikely to hinder the start of the turf season in Ireland, although the going is expected to be testing.

Monday's outlook is not as promising after the meetings at Taunton and Towcester were abandoned on Saturday, leaving Lingfield as the sole surviving fixture.

View our at-a-glance weather prospects guide for the latest going news on upcoming meetings in Britain and Ireland

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