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Sedgefield racecourse 05.01.10

Sedgefield: precisely six and three-quarter inches of snow on the track

  PICTURE: John Grossick  

Sedgefield forced to abandon Saturday card

SEDGEFIELD officials had admitted on Tuesday that "something akin to a miracle" was needed for the track to stage its scheduled Saturday fixture, but instead of receiving a miracle the racecourse received more snow, a setback that prompted its abandonment early on Wednesday morning.

The County Durham venue has held out little hope of hosting a rare weekend meeting ever since the cold snap started and clerk of the course Charlie Moore was keen to wave the white flag as quickly as possible.

Moore said: "It was probably the easiest decision I have ever had to make. To be precise, we have got six and three-quarter inches of snow on the track. The forecasts say there isn't the remotest hope of that thawing in time, but even if it did the track would end up pretty wet after the disappearance of six and three-quarter inches of snow.

"I spoke to the BHA and asked them if it was okay to abandon at this early stage and they gave me permission to do so. By abandoning early in the morning, it also means that the girls working here will be able to get things organised and leave before it gets dark.

"Two of them weren't able to get in at all today, one performed heroics to do so and one of my groundstaff is stuck 20 minutes down the road, which shows how difficult the conditions around here are."

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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