Newbury and Warwick cards off amid freezing weather conditions

Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle fixture will now take place on Sunday 21 February while Warwick’s meeting, featuring the Agetur UK Kingmaker Novices’ Chase, will be put back just two days to Monday

Sports Staff
Friday 12 February 2021 09:18
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A general view outside Newbury Racecourse
A general view outside Newbury Racecourse

Newbury and Warwick have both abandoned their weekend cards after the frozen tracks failed Friday morning inspections.

Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle fixture is therefore set to take place on Sunday 21 February - while Warwick’s meeting, featuring the Agetur UK Kingmaker Novices’ Chase, will be put back just two days to Monday.

The British Horseracing Authority announced those contingency plans on Thursday.

It was no surprise, after a week of freezing temperatures nationwide and snow which has wiped out the British jumps fixture list since last Sunday, that Saturday’s scheduled cards did not pass their inspections.

Both courses were scheduled to check at 8.30am, but Newbury was able to announce shortly before 8am that the inspection was failed after another freezing night.

Temperatures dropped to -5C and were still only -2C on Friday morning.

At Warwick, it was confirmed just after 8.30am that - with some frozen areas under the covers - the meeting is to be transferred to Monday.

Friday evening’s scheduled all-weather Flat meeting at Chelmsford was also abandoned after a morning inspection because of the freezing conditions and with snow still on the track.

In Ireland, Naas has announced a 7.30am inspection because of a forecast for snow and ice before Saturday’s card.

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