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Sub-zero temperatures and further snowfall expected next week

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Forecast remains bleak for British jump racing

JUMP racing could be scarce in Britain this week as sub-zero temperatures and further snowfalls do their worst to bring the sport to a standstill.

At 7pm on Saturday Betfair punters made Sunday's Plumpton's card, featuring the At The Races Sussex National, a 1.51 chance to go ahead, odds echoed in comments from clerk of the course, Mark Cornford.

"We are very, very positive," said Cornford on Saturday afternoon on At The Races. He added: "The frost covers are down we coped well with a frost on Friday night."

Monday's jumps cards at Lingfield and Wetherby were both odds against taking place on Betfair due to frozen turf, while sharp frosts were forecast for Tuesday's jumps cards at Leicester and Taunton.

Wednesday's card at Hexham, under snow since December 16, is subject to an inspection on Monday while Southwell's jumps card the same day must overcome repeated overnight frosts.

Ludlow's card on Thursday faces an inspection on Tuesday while even as far ahead as Saturday prospects are not good.

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