UK meetings get go-ahead

UK meetings get go-ahead

Plumpton and Taunton have both been given thegreen light for today's meetings, but Sedgefield is to check for their fixture tomorrow.

This afternoon’s meeting at Plumpton passed an inspection this morning.

Officials had planned to check conditions at 8am but were able to give the meeting the thumbs up much earlier than planned as there was no frost in the ground.

The track tweeted: “Racing is ON at Plumpton today. Gates open 12 noon.”

The going is reported to be soft, heavy in places.

Officials at Taunton have given their meeting the go-ahead after possible snow failed to materialise overnight.

Frost covers were deployed at the track but the possibility of snow prompted them to call a 8am inspection.

However, they were able to give the green light earlier than planned with the ground set to ride soft.

Tomorrow’s meeting at Sedgefield will have to pass a precautionary inspection at 8am on raceday morning if it is to go ahead.

Clerk of the course Phil Tuck has called the check as the track is currently frozen and covered in snow with further showers forecast today.

He said: “We are frozen at the moment with a light covering of snow and the frost will ease a bit when the snow melts.

“We are forecast a high of 1C today and then -3C or -4C overnight and we might catch a bit more snow. A high of 4C is forecast tomorrow.

“We’re keeping everything crossed.”

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