All systems go as Wetherby cancels morning inspection

Wetherby: Saturday's fixture got the all clear before daylight

PICTURE: Jon Winter (racingpost.com/photos) Wetherby cancels need for morning inspection By Andrew Dietz 6:58AM 14 JAN 2017

THERE will be a full set of fixtures on Saturday after Wetherby, the only meeting subject to an inspection, cancelled the need for the morning check.

The possibility of colder than expected conditions prompted officials to announce plans to inspect at 8am, but the fixture got the all clear before daylight.

The track tweeted: "Dry overnight with frost of -1.5C. Inspection cancelled & racing goes ahead. Dry, bright day ahead, with max temps of +4C."

The going is good to soft, good in places and the ninth fence in the chases – the last down the back – will be bypassed throughout the meeting as the ground is under repair.

As well as at Wetherby, frost covers were placed on vulnerable areas at Warwick and Kempton and no problems are anticipated at any of the tracks as temperatures hovered around freezing overnight.

Punchestown's Saturday fixture is also forecast to go ahead but Fakenham's fixture on Sunday must pass a 1pm inspection on Saturday afternoon with freezing temperatures and snow forecast. Frost sheets are down on takeoffs and landings.

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