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La Vecchia Scuola - Richard McGrath - Musselburgh 2008

Musselburgh: meeting has been abandoned after fourth inspection

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Musselburgh forced to abandon Friday fixture

MUSSELBURGH'S bid to stage its meeting this afternoon has ended in defeat with the track still not raceable following a final check at 1pm.

An initial inspection at 8am was bought forward with the track frozen in places, and temperatures had not risen sufficiently for a thaw at 10.30am, which necessitated a third check at noon.

Officials decided to give it another chance but were left with no choice but to abandon at 1pm following a fourth inspection.

Clerk of the course Harriet Graham said: "Basically we ran out of time. We gave it every chance and nobody wanted racing to go ahead more than myself or the hardworking groundstaff."

Frost is also causing problems for Newcastle's fixture on Saturday which features the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle.  An inspection at 8am on the morning of racing has been called as temperatures fell to as low as -4C overnight.

Consequently odd parts of the course have become frozen in places, though the situation was improving at 11.45am according to clerk of the course James Armstrong, who tweeted: "Inspection planned for 8am in light of a further cold night, though forecast promising, less cold and some showers should help."

Carlisle's fixture on Sunday is also subject to an inspection, at noon on Saturday. The track is frozen in places with the going described as heavy.

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