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Snow continues to seriously disrupt jumps and all-weather meetings

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Exeter and Fakenham fixtures lost to snow

FIXTURES at Exeter on Wednesday and Fakenham on Thursday have become the latest casualties of wintry weather across Britain.

Both were announced abandoned on Wednesday afternoon after their clerks of the course accepted defeat in their battle with the snow.

Exeter's clerk of the course Barry Johnson had been hopeful racing would go ahead after temperatues rose to 5C this morning but that had collapsed to 1C by 11am and with snow forecast overnight Johnson pulled the plug on the fixture shortly after noon.

Fakenham, meanwhile, reported three inches of snow on the track and no prospect of it thawing in time for Thursday's fixture. Clerk of the course David Hunter said: "Unfortunately the only way to get rid of the snow would be rain and the forecast is dry."

All four remaining fixtures on Wednesday must pass inspections if they are to stage racing.

Ayr's fixture, itself an additional meeting scheduled by the BHA to compensate for other lost meetings, is subject to a 7.30am inspection.

Clerk of the course Emma Marley said: "We're hopeful and looking at the course today we would be able to race. The forecast is for it to get down to -2C overnight and that gives us a slight concern - it all depends how long it [the low of -2C] hangs around."

Lingfield will inspect at 7am, Limerick plans to inspect at 8am after receiving a forecast of heavy overnight frost, although the track is raceable, while Kempton have called a 10am inspection for their all-weather forecast due to the threat of overnight snow.

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