Newcastle and Newbury to inspect before Wednesday’s cards
Adverse weather across Britain continues to scupper racing this week, with both Newcastle and Newbury calling precautionary inspections ahead of tomorrow’s meetings. We have already lost both Ayr and Ffos Llas this week and with no let up in the poor weather being forecast, we could be in for more disappoint as the week continues.
Both tracks are due to hold inspections at 8am tomorrow morning before deciding on the go ahead for their respective cards. Newbury’s ground is currently heavy, soft in places on the hurdles course and soft, heavy in places on the chase track, whilst Newcastle is described as good to soft, soft in places. Temperatures are set to plummet overnight, so an inspection has been called by Clerk of the course James Armstrong.
He said: “It is very much precautionary as we are absolutely fine at the moment.
“The wind has dropped and it is forecast to be a fairly cool day today, then it could drop to between zero and minus 1C overnight. The temperatures aren’t set to get very high tomorrow so we’ve called the inspection to cover our backs really.
“There’s also talk of wintry showers so we will just keep an eye on things and keep everyone in the loop, but we are optimistic.
“The wind is forecast to pick up again late tomorrow morning so we will be monitoring that too.”
Meanwhile, at Newbury, clerk, Richard Osgood said: “Wintery showers are forecast so we are just covering ourselves. The Met Office say they should not affect us, but I have decided on an inspection just in case.”
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