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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Racing at Market Rasen goes ahead but Sedgefield set to inspect at 8am

Sedgefield: temperatures could get as low as -4C overnight
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It was a case of two becoming one first thing on Tuesday morning as Market Rasen successfully passed inspection two hours earlier than planned leaving just Sedgefield at the mercy of the cold snap.

While both tracks were raceable on Monday officials wanted to assess the impact of expected overnight frosts on Tuesday morning. Market Rasen passed with flying colours while Sedgefield inspects at 8am.

Market Rasen clerk of the course Jack Pryor said: "We had an overnight low of -1C. The forecast is for a cold day with some sunny spells and highs of only 2C, but there is no frost in the ground, all take offs, landings and all vulnerable areas were covered, and racing goes ahead. The going is soft."

Take-offs, landings and other vulnerable areas have also been covered at Sedgefield and clerk of the course Paul Barker said on Monday: "We are above freezing and perfectly fit to race at the moment. We were due a frost last night but that didn't materialise.

"We are due -3/4C tonight, closely followed by the potential of some wintry showers at 5 or 6am, so that is the challenge we've got. We've done all the work we can to protect parts of the course and are now in the hands of mother nature."

Parts of the course at Carlisle, due to race on Wednesday, were "frozen in places" on Monday but no inspection has been scheduled.

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