Wincanton and Leicester to look

  • Last Updated: December 5 2012, 8:30 GMT

Thursday's meetings at Wincanton and Leicester must pass 8am precautionary inspections on raceday morning to go ahead.

Although both circuits were reported as raceable on Wednesday morning, course officials are taking no chances.

Overnight temperatures are set to drop to -2C at Wincanton, but the inspection has been called in case the frost is sharper than has been forecast.

Clerk of the course Barry Johnson said: "I'm very confident we'll be fine - we'll be OK with -2C - but some forecasts are predicting -4C.

"There's no frost in the ground now, but the ground is quite wet. It's very much a precautionary inspection."

Temperatures at Leicester are set to drop to as low as -5C. A maximum daytime temperature of 2C on Thursday has also been forecast.

Clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson said on Wednesday morning: "There's no frost whatsoever this morning - we are perfectly raceable - but there is quite a severe frost forecast tonight.

"If we think we have a chance at 8am, we'll probably call another inspection later in the morning and then, possibly, look again.

"We've got to be patient."


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