Sedgefield goes ahead as planned

This afternoon's meeting at Sedgefield has passed a 9am precautionary inspection and goes ahead as planned.

Dan Skelton sends two runners to Sedgefield

Officials at the County Durham circuit were forced to assess conditions due to temperatures "dropping lower than forecast".

But with the situation having improved markedly throughout the morning, estates manager and trainee clerk of the course Paul Barker was happy to give the meeting the go-ahead.

He said: "We got to minus 2C overnight, which was colder than we had been forecast, but we're good to go.

"Conditions have really improved this morning, so we are racing."

The action begins with the Crescent Homecare Limited Handicap Hurdle at 13.20, in which Dan Skelton's Robin Of Locksley drops in grade but faces the in-form Spiculas for Malcolm Jefferson.

Skelton also saddles Applesandpierres in the second race on the card, the Brian Ellison Racing Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap), but all eyes will be on Ellison's runner, Volvalien.

The feature race comes at 15.20 as Mr Mole heads the weights for the Happy New Year From Paxtons Handicap Chase.

All six have a chance here, including the top weight, who is tried in blinkers in a bid to recapture the form which saw him sent off at single-figure prices in Grade One company when in the care of Paul Nicholls.

The going is currently described as good to soft, soft in places.

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