Fakenham and Kelso to inspect

  • Last Updated: January 12 2013, 15:31 GMT

Fakenham will stage an inspection at 8am on Sunday morning to assess prospects for racing later that day with officials at Kelso also set to hold a precautionary inspection at 8am on raceday ahead of their scheduled Sunday meeting.

Fakenham was described as frozen in places and unraceable at 8.30am on Saturday morning and frost is the prevailing concern for officials.

Fakenham had earlier looked on Saturday afternoon with clerk of the course David Hunter saying: "We had a colder night than forecast at minus 2C and we're due another cold night tonight, so we'll have an inspection at 3pm and see how things pan out and also whether we would be raceable today at our scheduled race time for tomorrow.

"If we weren't able to race today then with the forecast as it is tonight, on the back of the frost last night, it would make it impossible as we would be going into the night colder than yesterday. Snow is not an issue, it's the frost."

At Kelso, meanwhile, the going is described as heavy but there is a concern over the forecast of frost overnight.

Clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski said on Saturday morning: "We've had a mild spell and we're perfectly raceable today and didn't freeze last night, but tomorrow is due to be the coldest day for a long time.

"It's due to freeze from dark, hitting minus 3C at its lowest, and the biggest concern is that we're due a high of only 1C tomorrow.

"The ground temperature is OK at the moment and the hope would be that it is only one night of frost, not an accumulation, and that it doesn't penetrate too deep, but we are concerned."

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