Wincanton calls third inspection due to threat of frost

Wincanton: temperatures got down to -4C overnight

PICTURE: Getty Images Wincanton to inspect for third time at 11am
By Andrew Dietz 9:55AM 19 JAN 2017

TODAY'S meeting at Wincanton is subject to a third inspection at 11am after temperatures dropped to -4C overnight.

The course was unraceable at the first two checks at 8am and 9.30am and officials are pinning their hopes on temperatures rising in time.

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Following the 9.30am inspection, clerk of the course Barry Johnson said: "We're 85 per cent raceable but there are areas where the frost has been slow to come out of the ground.

"The sun is up and temperatures have risen to -0.5C so we're going the right way and we expect to see a noticeable improvement in the next half hour."

The first race is due off at 1.40 and temperatures are set to rise to 6C later, with a sunny day forecast.

There was a similar situation at Newbury on Wednesday and the fixture finally got the go-ahead after three inspections.

Today's other jumps meetings come from Ludlow and Thurles, where no problems have been reported.

Two all-weather cards at Southwell and Chelmsford complete the domestic action, while the Dubai Carnival continues at Meydan.

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