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All the latest news as Fairyhouse goes ahead but Fakenham and Ludlow called off

Fairyhouse: track passed a morning inspection
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Snow and frost have taken their toll on the racing on Wednesday but the quickly convened meetings at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton keep the show on the road in Britain, and Fairyhouse has survived an inspection in Ireland.

After snowbound Carlisle abandoned its meeting 24 hours earlier, Ludlow and Fakenham followed suit on Wednesday morning.

Officials at Fakenham inspected at 7am and shortly after the meeting was scrapped. Clerk of the course David Hunter said: "We had five centimetres of snow overnight, which is melting.

"It is not the fact there is snow on the ground, the reason for abandoning is that there are too many areas of false ground from the wet conditions – mainly in the infield and the lower ditch which already had heavy ground. We need to be happy we're providing safe ground." 

An inspection at Ludlow was due at 8am but officials brought forward the decision and tweeted: "Unfortunately racing at Ludlow today has been abandoned. The course is frozen and temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until after midday so racing is abandoned." 

There was better news with racing going ahead at Fairyhouse, where there are no shortage of interesting runners, including Commentariolus, a Frankel gelding who tackles the opening 2m maiden hurdle (1.45).

He will become the first son of Frankel to embark on a hurdling career in Ireland. The only other horse by Frankel to go jumping is Solo Saxophone, unbeaten in two starts in Britain for Dan Skelton.

Going report

Fairyhouse first race 1.45
Soft to heavy, heavy in places (inspection passed)

Chelmsford 1.55

Wolverhampton 4.55

Fakenham Abandoned

Ludlow Abandoned

Carlisle Abandoned

Market movers

1.45 Saga Altais 9-1 (from 12)

3.30 Volturnus 2-1 (from 11-4)
4.00 Bernies Boy 9-1 (from 12)

6.55 Sir Lancelott 5-2 (from 3)

What to back

Website members can check out today's headline tipster Pietro Innocenzi's selections. The Tips Box is full of the usual expert views.

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Catch up on the latest turn in the ATR and RUK power struggle for broadcasting Irish racing next year with a British twist.

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Read Julian Muscat's latest thought-provoking column reflecting on a winter of discontent.

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The course is frozen and temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until after midday

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