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Fontwell - Feb 08 - Edward Whitaker

Fontwell: freezing temperatures to blame for track's abandonment

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Frozen Fontwell and Musselburgh abandon

FOR the fifth day running, there will be no jumps racing in Britain on Wednesday after Fontwell and Musselburgh were forced to abandoned their meetings due to a frozen tracks.

Course officials at Fontwell inspected at 8am but another night of freezing temperatures left them in no doubt about the outcome.

"We've abandoned, it got down to minus seven last night," saidclerk of the course Ed Arkell.

"There is no prospect of the temperature getting above freezing today so we have no chance of racing.

"Apart from about 18 hours the course has been frozen since Boxing Day."

Freezing conditions also forced Musselburgh to abandon, leaving all-weather courses Kempton and Wolverhampton to stage the Wednesday's action.

Temperatures at the course plunged to  -5C overnight and
following an early morning inspection on Tuesday, clerk of the course Anthea Morshead decided the National Hunt meeting should be cancelled.

She said on Tuesday: "With no thaw predicted until the weekend we had no choice but to regretfully abandon tomorrow's meeting.

"There will be no significant change in temperatures over the next 24 hours and it was only fair to give owners, trainersand race goers as much notice as possible."

"The maximum temperature forecast for today is plus two but some sleet is also forecast and that would just turn to ice on the track.

"It is not supposed to be that cold tonight but there is no prospect of the frost coming out of the ground."

Morshead is also clerk of the course at Kelso and they are scheduled to race on Friday.

"I'm hopeful for Friday at Kelso, it is supposed to be milder by the end of the week."

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