Newbury's Coral Gold Cup Meeting
The opening day of Newbury’s Coral Gold Cup meeting on Friday faces potential disruption due to freezing temperatures. A 7.30am inspection is scheduled on raceday, with temperatures expected to dip below zero tonight. Clerk of the course, George Hill, remains cautiously optimistic that racing will go ahead on Friday, but the situation will need to be monitored closely.
Newcastle's Fighting Fifth Hurdle Card
Constitution Hill's season opener at Newcastle's big Fighting Fifth Hurdle card is also under threat from frost and snow. The entire course at Newcastle has been covered in frost sheets since Tuesday in an effort to combat the cold snap. An inspection is likely to be called for Saturday unless there is significant snowfall on Thursday night or Friday. Clerk of the course, Eloise Quayle, expressed concerns about freezing temperatures and the potential impact on the race.
Weather Forecast and Course Preparations
Temperatures in Newcastle are predicted to drop to -3C on Friday night and may struggle to rise above freezing on Saturday. The track is currently raceable, but the presence of snowfall could pose challenges in removing it from the track. However, the snow may have an insulating effect and help reduce the risk of frost. Clerk of the course, Eloise Quayle, emphasized the uncertainty of the forecast and the balance of the situation. Clerk of the course, George Hill, acknowledged the concern but remains hopeful that the covers will protect the track.
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