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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Meeting gets go-ahead after frost threat

Overnight frost has forced an inspection at Newbury
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Wednesday's meeting at Newbury will go ahead after the track passed a third inspection at noon.

Temperatures at the Berkshire track got down to -4C overnight and speaking before the initial 9.30am inspection, the course's head of communications Andy Clifton said: "We got down to -4C but that's the first frost, so Richard [Osgood, clerk of the course] is reasonably optimistic."

"Sod's Law is it's a sunny day today, which is fine a bit later on but it can mean that the temperature can drop a bit again just after dawn. Hopefully it won't come to having a second look, we've a good couple of hours until then."

After the first inspection, he added: "There are a couple of areas that are giving us slight concerns and we want to give it every chance."

Newbury's six-race card is due to get under way at 1.15. There are no reported problems with the meetings at Market Rasen, Kempton and Lingfield.

There are a couple of areas that are giving us slight concerns and we want to give it every chance
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