Lingfield to check for frost as cold snap threatens

Track officials ‘remain hopeful’

  • Monday 28 January
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Lingfield’s meeting on Tuesday is subject to a precautionary inspection at 8am due to the threat of frost.

The National Hunt card is the first subject to an inspection this week as cold weather is predicted to bite around the country.

Officials at the Surrey track “remain hopeful”, however, as long as the forecast proves accurate for temperatures no lower than minus 3C overnight and then rising to four or five degrees above freezing on Tuesday.

All take-offs, landings and vulnerable areas have been covered on ground described as soft for a six-race fixture scheduled to get under way with an all-weather mares’ bumper at 1.30.

Racing at Down Royal on Tuesday will also be subject to a precautionary inspection at 8am. The track is raceable, but there is the threat of overnight snow.

Musselburgh are already taking precautions too for their high-profile two-day Cheltenham Trials meeting at the weekend, clerk of the course Harriet Graham reporting on Twitter that the watered track will be covered from Monday because of the cold forecast.

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