Ascot & Haydock officials hopeful
The mood is upbeat among officials at Ascot and Haydock ahead of their meetings on Saturday.
Ascot stage a smart jumps card on Saturday.
The temperature at Ascot dropped well below freezing overnight on Tuesday, but evasive action had already been taken with covers applied to vulnerable areas of the track.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels is anticipating another frost on Wednesday night before temperatures begin to rise ahead of Saturday's card, which features the Grade One Clarence House Chase.
He said: "The ground is soft at the moment. We've been dry since Monday and the temperature dropped to -4.5C last night.
"We have frost covers down on the take-offs and landings and the shaded areas. There are a few patches of frozen ground.
"We are expecting another frost tonight and then the next two nights temperatures aren't forecast to drop below freezing. We're not expecting any problems."
Haydock's clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright is similarly positive about their current situation.
The Merseyside track is due to stage the Peter Marsh Chase and stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial, and Tellwright reports the track to be in good order so far.
He said: "We are looking fine at the moment and the forecast is a bit more optimistic than it was earlier in the week.
"We were forecast a slight frost on Saturday morning, but that seems to have receded.
"We are in a position to put the covers down if we need to, though. We will take that decision in the middle of Thursday if the forecast is poorer and we feel need to cover up."
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