Third inspection called for Newbury’s Wednesday fixture

Newbury will have to survive an inspection to race on Wednesday

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Third inspection at Newbury for today's card By Keith Melrose 11:10AM 18 JAN 2017

WEDNESDAY'S meeting at Newbury will have to pass a third inspection at noon, a little over an hour before the first race is scheduled to take place at 1.15pm.

Temperatures at the Berkshire track got down to -4C overnight prompting a surprise inspection at 9.30am. Officials wanted to check again at 11am to see in conditions had improved.

Shortly after the second inspection, a third check of the course was called for with conditions improving but some areas still causing concern.

Andy Clifton, head of communications at Newbury, said: "We're looking again at 12pm, but are very hopeful."

Newbury's six-race card is due to get underway at 1.15. There are no reported problems with the meetings at Market Rasen, Kempton and Lingfield.

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