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Forecast good for Thyestes

PROSPECTS for jumps racing at home in the coming week are looking good.

No problems are reported at either Limerick, where they are scheduled to race on Wednesday, or at Gowran Park on Thursday where the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase is the feature.

"At the moment there are no problems, but they are going to do a bit of rearranging at Limerick," said Irish Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone.

"They have reduced the number of runners per race to 14 and they haven't made their mind up yet whether they will use the inside hurdle track or the outside one.

"The ground is heavy at both tracks.

"We haven't had the weather the UK has had. We've had some sleet and snow showers around, but nothing down this part of the world that would cause problems.

"At the moment it's all systems ago."

The same cannot be said across the water in the UK, where heavy snow continues to cause havoc.


Wolverhampton and Lingfield are due to race tomorrow, but both must pass late inspections with more snow being forecast.

Of the two, Wolverhampton, who were also due to race today, would seem to have the best chance of going ahead after passing an inspection this morning.

Clerk of the course Fergus Cameron felt it prudent to check conditions in light of a forecast for further snow, but was able to give today's fixture the thumbs up.

He said: "We had further light snow yesterday afternoon and into the night but we have worked the track and although we are currently calling it slow, racing goes ahead.

"We are forecast between -1C and 1C today and there remains a low risk of further snow but all local roads are accessible.

"We will continue to monitor the conditions and if we can, we will try to reinstate the track towards standard."