Frost scuppers Peterborough Chase

  • Last Updated: December 12 2012, 11:03 GMT

Huntingdon have been forced to abandon Thursday's meeting due to a frozen track.

Huntingdon: Peterborough Chase meeting off

The fixture was due to the feature the Peterborough Chase and despite putting covers down, the frost has still got into the ground.

Clerk of the course Sulekha Varma inspected the track at 8am and was forced to make an early call.

She said: "We hit minus 4C last night for the second night in a row and the air temperature didn't get above freezing yesterday and it's not due to today or tomorrow

"The frost has got under the covers in places and we just had to make the sensible call really as there's no prospect of it improving enough to race.

"We are all just utterly gutted as it (the Peterborough) looked like being such a good race."

The British Horseracing Authority are now considering whether the Peterborough Chase can be rescheduled.

They tweeted: "BHA are looking in to possible options for rescheduling the Peterborough Chase from tomorrow's cancelled Huntingdon card."

Thursday's meeting at Ludlow has also been called off following an 8am inspection.

Clerk of the course Bob Davies reports the track to be frozen in places with little chance of a thaw before racing.

He said: "We have got frozen patches of ground. Where there's plenty of grass it's OK, but the bare patches of ground are not.

"We have a maximum of 0C today and then another frost tonight with another maximum of 0C tomorrow."


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