The U.S. is looking at another blast of frigid air (especially on the east coast) this week, but it doesn’t look like this will greatly effect horse racing around the country.
Not so in the U.K. where arctic conditions are still causing havoc with the racing programs in Britain and Ireland, with the icy blast set to continue.
This, from Wales On Line:
Flat racing on an artificial surface is keeping the flag flying, despite the extreme conditions, while traditional winter fare remains locked in the freezer.
The site reports that there won’t be jumps racing for the fourth day running today after officials at Plumpton finally had to concede defeat due to frost.
Clerk of the course Mark Cornford said: “We wanted to give it every chance, and I’m comfortable in the knowledge that we did, but it hasn’t shown the improvement we were hoping for.
“Temperatures haven’t risen above zero all day and we’ve had snow showers.
“More worrying was that we are not expected to get above zero tomorrow and it’s going to be a very cold day, even worse than today and perhaps more snow.”
Two of tomorrow’s three National Hunt cards, at Leicester and Market Rasen, have already fallen, while Wincanton are praying for a thaw and are to inspect at 9am today.
Exeter will hold an inspection at 3pm today ahead of Friday’s meeting, but prospects do not look good.
An inspection at Sandown is likely to be called for tomorrow morning ahead of their scheduled two-day meeting that features the Tingle Creek Chase on Saturday.
The course is currently unraceable due to snow though the frost is out of the ground. The outlook is for continued overnight frosts and possible further snow showers tomorrow.
Things are little better in Ireland with tomorrow’s rearranged meeting at Fairyhouse called off due to snow – although Dundalk will keep racing interest with the all-weather cards on Friday and Saturday.
That’s the rundown, if you happen to be in the U.K.