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Clerk of the course Barney Clifford Kempton 21.12.10

It looks like the forecast has gone against me, says Barney Clifford

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Kempton 1-4 to be off as temperatures plummet

KEMPTON'S rearranged King George card was 1-4 not to take place on Betfair at 10am on Sunday morning after temperatures fell much lower than forecast overnight.

Clerk of the course Barney Clifford took the decision to shift both the William Hill-sponsored King George and Christmas Hurdle back a day on Friday in the hope of the weather improving.


However, that has not materalised and with the forecast for Monday now not as positive as had been anticipated, the meeting could be lost to the weather.

Clifford is dueto inspect the course at 2pm on Sunday and had initially said that whatever happens a further inspection would take place at 8am on Monday, but a changing forecast means that a decision could be taken on Sunday.

Speaking at 10am, Clifford said: "It was -7C overnight and it is still -5C. We were forecast for it to be -6C overnight and 1C or 2C today.

"The sun is starting to come up, but it is crispy under the covers and they are stuck to the grass sowe will have to see what happens but I will be making a decision today. It looks like the forecast has gone against me."

The meeting was 3-1 to go ahead on Betfair in light off a downbeat forecast from the Met Office. A spokesman said: "Today, generally, we are expecting a maximum of 1C. That will fall to -1C or -2C overnight and the maximum tomorrow is 2C."

Kempton need upwards of three hours to take the frost covers off the track before racing, with the first race scheduled to take place at 11.50am, but it looks to be touch-and-go whether temperatures will be above freezing in time.

The Met Office spokesman continued: "I think it will be around -1C or zero at 8am. It could potentially be above zero by 10am but I think you would have to wait until mid-morning before you could be certain that it was going to rise."

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