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Racing beats the elements as Lingfield passes morning inspection

Southwell, where attentions will turn to the turf
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Turf racing returns on Monday with Lingfield joining Southwell in hosting a jumps fixture after passing a morning inspection.

Conditions will be testing and Lingfield clerk of the course George Hill wrote on Twitter: "Racing goes ahead. Heavy [on the turf] standard [all-weather]. Slight ground frost on the cottage bend and up the hill."

With the worst of the conditions behind us, there are no anticipated problems on the all-weather, either at Wolverhampton or Kempton.

The latter is a jumpers' bumper meeting, which with the best will in the world we may not have any further need for after today.

Going report

Kempton (first race at: 2.00)
Standard to slow 

Lingfield (2.10)
Heavy (standard on the all-weather). GoingStick 5.8.
Second hurdle up the hill will be omitted.

Race distances:
Race 2 & 4: 
+15 yards
Race 3 & 7: -17 yards
Race 5: -25 yards
Race 6: +20 yards

Southwell (2.20)
Soft, heavy in places 
First fence and hurdle in the back straight will be omitted.

Wolverhampton (5.45)

Market movers

2.30 Kempton: Tommy Silver into 2-5 (from 1-2)
3.30 Kempton: Zubayr into 7-4 (from 9-4)
7.15 Wolverhampton: Sunshineandbubbles into 2-1 (from 11-4)

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Final thought 

On the day that turf racing returns after a week's absence, four of the countries five all-weather courses are due to race. It's a mildly cruel joke from the fixture list, but we will accept it just to see horses on grass again.

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