Frost threatens three meetings

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Forecasts of sub-zero temperatures have resulted in three of today's four meetings being subject to inspections this morning. Frost threatens Chepstow's Welsh National card, Kempton, featuring the Christmas Hurdle and Wetherby, where the Rowland Meyrick Chase is the highlight.

Forecasts of sub-zero temperatures have resulted in three of today's four meetings being subject to inspections this morning. Frost threatens Chepstow's Welsh National card, Kempton, featuring the Christmas Hurdle and Wetherby, where the Rowland Meyrick Chase is the highlight.

Boxing Day cards at Ayr and Towcester were lost to frost and waterlogging respectively and there will also be an inspection at 9am today for Musselburgh's meeting tomorrow. The ground is frozen in places.

Bobbyjo and Papillon, the last two winners of the Grand National, will be in action at Leopardstown today.

Bobbyjo, the Aintree winner of 1999, has top weight of 23 runners in the IR£71,250 Paddy Power Handicap Chase. There are three British runners, the Dai Williams-trained duo Folly Road and Mothers Help, and Nordic Prince from John O'Shea's stable.

Papillon will have his first run since his Aintree victory in April when he takes on three others, including Klairon Davis, in the two mile one furlong Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase.

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