Ascot: Saturday's meeting is subject to an inspection at 4.30pm on FridayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Deteriorating conditions force Ascot to inspect
A COMBINATION of freezing temperatures and forecast snow means Ascot's meeting on Saturday, featuring the Victor Chandler Chase, is now subject to an inspection at 4.30pm on Friday.
Frost covers have been down at the course sine last Saturday, but a run of freezing nights is beginning to have an effect, as clerk of the course Chris Stickels said on Thursday morning: "It was -4C again last night and temperatures didn't get above freezing yesterday.
"Temperatures are set to stay low for the weekend and there is some evidence that the frost is beginning to get in under the covers, so things have deteriorated a bit since yesterday.
"I'm pretty confident we could race today, but can't be sure unless I took the covers off which I don't intend to do and the temperatures and forecast snow are a bit of a worry. The snow is not forecast until lunchtime on Friday which is why we're looking in the afternoon."