Newcastle and Bangor go ahead

This afternoon's meetings at Newcastle and Bangor both go ahead after two inspections.

Apple'sJade is due to run at Newcastle

A cold night meant an initial 8am check was called at Newcastle and while officials were optimistic, that proved "inconclusive", prompting another look at 9.45am after giving temperatures the chance to rise.

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Clerk of the course James Armstrong was eventually able to confirm that racng would go ahead.

The Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle is due to see an intriguing clash between Sceau Royal and Irish raider Apple's Jade, while former winner Irving also takes his chance.

The ground at Bangor, where it was dry and clear overnight, was described as soft after a 9am inspection and "currently raceable", and the final all-clear was given less than an hour later.

Carlisle is another track to feel the cold, with temperatures dropping to -5C overnight and resulting in a 2pm inspection being called this afternoon for tomorrow's card. The course is frozen in places.

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