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Silver Accord - Fakenham 18.01.2010

Fakenham (above) was abandoned after a second inspection at 10am

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Kelso and Navan on but Fakenham abandoned

TODAY'S meetings at Kelso and Navan have survived freezing overnight temperatures and were declared fit for racing on Sunday morning but the day's other jumps meeting at Fakenham has fallen victim to frost.

Overnight temperatures dipped as low as -3C at Fakenham, leaving parts of the course frozen.

Wanting to give the meeting every chance, clerk of the course David Hunter decided to call a second inspection at 10am following an initial 8am check but with no significant improvement was forced to abandon.

"I'm afraid we've had to call things off," said a disappointed Hunter shortly after 10am.

He added: "Inbetween 8am and 10am there was no movement in air temperature, in fact at 9.30am it dipped back down below freezing which is extraordinary.

"The crust remains in the ground and we had no option but to call it off."

It was better news at Kelso where clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski was able to make an early decision, breaking the good news shortly after 7am, she tweeted: "No frost in the ground @KelsoRacecourse - racing goes ahead."

The going at Kelso, where there is the risk of snow flurries from 2pm, is heavy.

Officials at Navan also staged an 8am inspection due to the threat of frost but were happy to give the meeting the go-ahead. The going is heavy.

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