Lingfield off, Kempton & Naas race

  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 9:07 GMT

This afternoon's meeting at Lingfield has been abandoned due to snow.

Lingfield: Has fallen to the snow
Lingfield: Has fallen to the snow

Having already lost Friday's fixture following heavy snowfall on Friday morning, clerk of the course Neil Mackenzie Ross announced an inspection for 7am on Saturday in the hope conditions would improve.

However, further snow overnight has left the situation untenable and officials have had no option but to draw stumps.

Mackenzie Ross said: "We already had the snow from yesterday and then we had further snow overnight, so unfortunately we've had to abandon."

The all-weather meeting at Kempton was given the all clear after passing a second inspection.

Officials announced an early-morning check for 7.30am after the Sunbury course was hit by significant snowfall on Friday and with the snow having relented by that time, acting clerk of the course Sarah Dunster decided to check again at 9am.

After some hard work from the course staff, the snow has been cleared and the all-weather surface is fit for racing.

Dunster said: "We're on. Everyone has been here since 5.30am and has been working very hard to get the snow off the track.

"We're not forecast any further snow today and on the condition that the weather doesn't change, we are fine to race, which is great news."

There was also good news in Ireland where the National Hunt fixture at Naas goes ahead as scheduled after the track passed an 8am inspection.

With the ground already described as heavy, officials were keen to check on conditions due the possibility of further rain overnight.

Clerk of the course Brendan Sheridan is pleased to report the ground remains raceable and has given the high-class card the green light.

He said: "We're good to go. The ground is going to heavy and not ideal, but it's been heavy at our last couple of meetings and the main thing is we're raceable.

"We've had 10 millimetres of rain since Friday lunchtime, but it's not raining at the moment and hopefully we won't get any more."

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