Inspection at Ascot ‘likely’

Officials at Ascot are "likely" to call an inspection for the morning of Saturday's fixture featuring the Clarence House Chase.

There could be some frost at Ascot

A statement from clerk of the course Chris Stickels on the Ascot website read: "The current going is soft, frozen in places.

"Following temperatures of minus 4.5°C on Wednesday morning and minus 4°C this morning; the course is frozen in places. Landings and take-offs and part of the shadowed area on the straight were covered on Tuesday. There is frost and small areas of frozen ground however under the covers.

"Temperatures have dropped lower than were forecast overnight, we expect most of the frost to come out today and we will be covering the whole course this afternoon (Thursday).

"The forecast has changed again to indicate temperatures to be below freezing for the next two mornings. Given this current forecast; it is likely that we will be holding an inspection, to decide if racing can go ahead, on Saturday morning."

Taunton inspect

An inspection has been called at Taunton for 9.30am on raceday ahead of Saturday's card.

Temperatures dipped to minus 3C on Wednesday night, with further frosts forecast for Thursday night and Friday.

With that in mind, officials will check conditions at the Somerset course, where the going is good, good to soft in places and was raceable on Thursday.

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