Test for courses with freezing temperatures as winter bites
Freezing overnight temperatures along with cold, wintry showers are set to test racecourses over the coming days as winter bites.
Huntingdon and Sedgefield inspect on Friday to assess whether their meetings can go ahead, while tracks holding weekend action have taken measures against the cold by placing down frost sheets.
Warwick, Kempton and Wetherby have all covered vulnerable areas in preparation for racing on Saturday with temperatures set to plummet overnight.
A Met Office spokeswoman said: “It’s forecast to be cold, dry and windy for much of Friday but there will be sharp overnight frosts and that could cause issues. It’s going to be very cold.”
Conditions were described as good to soft, soft in places at Kempton, soft, good to soft at Warwick and good to soft at Wetherby.
Sedgefield and Huntingdon were described as raceable yesterday but both faced inspections for racing on Friday in light of the freezing temperatures, snow and sleet.
There is a 7am inspection at Sedgefield and Paul Barker, clerk of the course, said: "We're forecast to get down to -2C overnight and we're forecast some snow overnight as well. The track is fine and we could race at the moment but in light of the forecast we thought it was best to call an inspection so people would know what the situation is."
An 8am inspection is due at Huntingdon, where clerk Jack Pryor said: "At the moment we're absolutely fine and raceable. We're forecast possible snow and overnight freezing temperatures. We could get down to -1 or -2C overnight and if that happens with potential snow and ice then that makes things difficult."