Monday 18 December 2017

Musselburgh help out as more cards fall

Musselburgh has stepped in to help during the cold snap by staging last weekend's abandoned meeting this Saturday, as the inclement weather laid claim to more cards today with Huntingdon and Taunton forced to abandon.

Huntingdon clerk of the course Sulekha Varma had been due to inspect the track at 8am but after a sharp drop in temperature overnight, she made an early decision to call off the card. Tauntoncancelled today due to a frozen track.

Yesterday, officials took the early decision to abandon the meeting at Doncaster because of frost and snow.

The weather thwarted Musselburgh when attempting to hold their big jumping card last weekend, which features the John Smith's Scottish Champion Chase, John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle and John Smith's Future Champions Novices' Chase.

The British Horseracing Authority offered tracks the opportunity to hold another meeting. Musselburgh's card will be similar to the postponed one with the first race at 1.30pm.

Musselburgh general manager Bill Farnsworth said: "It was very frustrating as we were so close on Sunday -- the track was raceable by the end of the day -- but we've got a second chance.

"We started off on the basis that we would run the same races, although the conditions might have to be tweaked slightly so we are not stepping on anyone else's toes."

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