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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Hereford cancels Monday card after overnight frost

Hereford: forced to cancel Monday's fixture
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Hereford's six-race card on Monday has been cancelled after overnight temperatures of -4.5C left parts of the course frozen shortly before 9am.

Clerk of the course Libby O'Flaherty said: "We'd covered the take-offs and landings and other vulnerable areas. We got down to -4.5C last night, but temperatures were due to rise so I pushed the planned inspection back to 9am.

"When I went out to walk the track just after 8am, the air temperature had risen and it was broad daylight, but the temperature in the ground had stayed as it was and we still had a few frozen patches."

She added: "You could just tell it wasn't going to come out of the ground in time, so we had no option really because you don't want to keep putting it off when there's no real hope."

The cancellation leaves only one turf meeting in Britain on Monday, at Fontwell. That fixture had initially been threatened by wet weather, but recovered and the going was reported as heavy, soft in places on the hurdles course and soft, heavy in places on the chase course.

The current cold snap may not have had its last effect on the racing calendar. Doncaster will have an inspection at 3pm on Monday to determine whether their fixture on Tuesday may go ahead. 

You could just tell it wasn't going to come out of the ground in time

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