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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Newbury ‘hopeful’ for Super Saturday

Newbury clerk of the course Richard Osgood remains "pretty hopeful" this weekend's Betfair Super Saturday fixture will beat the elements.

Fleece frost covers have been on the course for over a week in an attempt to safeguard what promises to be a fantastic afternoon of National Hunt action.

Gold Cup hero Long Run and exciting novices Sprinter Sacre and Grands Crus are just some of the star names pencilled in to run, but there is little prospect of any jumps racing taking place before the weekend at the earliest.

“There hasn't been a lot of change overnight,” said Osgood.

“We got down to minus 4C again, but we're up to zero now and we'll just have to see how we go.

“There is still talk of snow coming in later in the week, which will then change to rain. It's just a case of seeing what happens. I'm pretty hopeful at this stage.”

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.

Taunton cancelled today due to a frozen track.

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

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