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Kempton: course raceable but snow made it inaccessible to officials

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Inaccessible Kempton forced to abandon card

KEMPTON has been forced to abandon its Wednesday meeting due to an inaccessible track.

Officials started to work on the track, which was covered with 4cm of snow, first thing in the morning and declared it raceable following a second inspection at 10am.

However, there was concern as to how accessible the track was and a third inspection was set for noon.

But, shortly after 11am, the decision was taken to abandon the card as it became apparent that raceday officials would not be able to reach the track.

A philosophical Barney Clifford, clerk of the course at Kempton, explained the decision: "We had to abandon in the end due to poor accessibility to the course. The track is perfectly raceable and we were determined to give the meeting every chance.

"However, it soon became apparent that officials, vets and doctors were going to struggle to get to the track for racing and the sensible decision was to abandon."

Kempton is set to stage a meeting on Thursday, but will have to pass an inspection at 8am. Clifford added: "We are due to race on Thursday but we will have to inspect again."

Earlier, the day's only only other surviving meeting, an all-weather card at Lingfield, was also abandoned due to snow, leaving no racing at all on Wednesday.

Thursday Huntingdon Abandoned
  Ludlow Abandoned
  Thurles Abandoned
  Lingfield AW - Standard; inspection 6.30am Thursday; forecast is for a snow-free night
  Kempton AW - Standard; inspection 8am Thursday; snow forecast for Wednesday night
  Southwell AW - Standard to slow; very confident of racing
Friday Bangor Abandoned
  Fontwell Abandoned
  Lingfield AW - Standard
  Southwell AW - Standard to Slow
  Wolverhampton AW - Standard; four inches of snow on the track; inspection 2.30pm Thursday
Saturday Sedgefield Abandoned
  Wincanton Abandoned
  Punchestown Abandoned
  Ffos Las Soft, Good to Soft in places; two inches of snow on the track; needs “a bit of luck” to go ahead
  Kempton AW
  Lingfield AW
Sunday Hereford Abandoned
  Leopardstown Snow-covered; currently unraceable; frosts and cold weather expected until the weekend at least
  Southwell AW
Monday Ayr Track frozen; sub-zero temperatures forecast all week; inspection 11am on Thursday; “very little prospect of a thaw”
  Taunton Track frozen; Soft (before freezing); sub-zero temperatures forecast all week; snow-covered with more to come
  Wolverhampton AW
Tuesday Leicester Track frozen; hurdle - Soft, Heavy in places, chase – Good, Soft on Flat crossings (before freezing); snow-covered; freezing temperatures every night; more snow forecast on Friday and Sunday
  Newcastle Track frozen; Soft (before freezing); six inches of snow on the track; freezing temperatures until the weekend; snow forecast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  Southwell AW
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