Haydock’s Peter Marsh meeting will go ahead after the course passed an early-morning inspection.
Saturday’s seven-race card was subject to a scheduled 8am check because of the threat of frost, having already survived the ravages of the midweek Storm Christoph.
However, the inspection was brought forward to 7am, and a Tweet from Haydock’s official account confirmed shortly after 7.15am that the course was fit for racing.
Today's inspection has passed and we are fit to race 🙌— Haydock Park Races (@haydockraces) January 23, 2021
7⃣ race card
🏇 First race: 12.55pm
🤩 The Peter Marsh Handicap Steeple Chase: 2.40pm
🏇 Last race: 4.20pm
📺 Watch on @itvracing & @RacingTV pic.twitter.com/WZozHyU3N9
Taunton’s eight-race card was given the go-ahead before a scheduled 8am inspection there too, as overnight conditions relented sufficiently.
Haydock will stage four Grade Two events, including the feature Peter Marsh Handicap Chase – while dual champion hurdler Buveur D’Air makes his long-awaited return from injury against just two rivals in the The New One Unibet Hurdle.
An update from the track read: “Today’s precautionary inspection has passed! The Going is Heavy.”
Temperatures had been forecast to fall below freezing overnight, but they did not do so.
There remains a “slight chance of sleety snow flurries” at the Merseyside venue – but Haydock’s card, which had already passed a Thursday inspection after being waterlogged in places earlier in the week, will get under way at 12.55.
Today’s precautionary inspection has passed!— Taunton Racecourse & Conference Centre (@TauntonRacing) January 23, 2021
The Going is Soft, Heavy in Places
The ground at Taunton is soft, heavy in places – as it is at Ascot, where the Grade One Matchbook Betting Exchange Clarence House is the highlight of a seven-race card.
Unfortunately, Navan's seven-race card for this afternoon has been abandoned due to frozen ground.
A tweet from @ihrb_ie on Saturday morning said:
"Following an inspection this morning, the track at @NavanRacecourse remains frozen and unfit for racing. With temperatures remaining low this morning, the fixture scheduled for today has been cancelled."
Following an inspection this morning, the track at @NavanRacecourse remains frozen and unfit for racing. With temperatures remaining low this morning, the fixture scheduled for today has been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/KB6bladrqY— IHRB (@ihrbie) <a href="https://twitter.com/ihrbie/status/1352889842632445952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2021
Racing also goes ahead at Ascot where the going is soft, heavy in places, with the Clarence House Chase taking centre stage at 3.35pm.
There is also a seven-race card on the all-weather at Newcastle which gets underway at 4.05pm.
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