Look-ahead at the week’s racing
December opens with no jump racing. The meetings at Ayr, Catterick and Plumpton have all been abandoned.
Tomorrow’s card (Thursday) at Wincanton is undergoing an inspection as I write, but conditions are deteriorating, and it is unlikely to go ahead. Have just learned that the meeting is abandoned.
Friday’s card at Exeter is doubtful, as the course is currently frozen. There is an inspection at 3pm today. The card at Sandown is also doubtful as the course is currently unraceable. There will be an inspection on Thursday morning.
Saturday’s meetings at Sandown, Chepstow and Wetherby are all in doubt. My opinion is that the Chepstow meeting is the most likely to go ahead as although it is covered in light snow (as I write on Wednesday morning), a slight thaw in temperatures would make the course raceable.
Sunday’s meeting at Kelso has already been abandoned! The meeting at Warwick is in doubt (the course is frozen and under an inch of snow).
Monday’s planned meetings at Bangor and Musselburgh are unlikely to go ahead unless there is a change in the weather.
At least I’ve not been stuck on a train overnight like those passengers at Orpington in Kent.
If you can, try and find out from websites and blogs operated by racing trainers just who is able to exercise their horses in this weather. Last winter, I noticed that those trainers who were able to gallop their horses came out best when horseracing resumed after the frozen period in early Jan-Feb earlier this year.
Unless there is a significant change in the weather, I will be taking a rest from writing the blog and will resume when racing does. How does the song go? “I’m dreaming, of a white Christmas…”
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