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Nightmare for Sky Sports Racing as Newbury meeting cancelled due to cold weather

Sky Sports Racing's first fixture of new five-year deal falls victim to freezing temperatures

SKY Sports Racing has been hit with a major setback as their highly anticipated first meeting at Newbury had to be cancelled due to the cold weather.

The debut fixture of their new five-year deal was set to mark a historic moment for the channel, but it was called off as sub-zero temperatures froze the ground.

Unfortunately, this cancellation is not an isolated incident, as meetings across the country are being axed due to the wintry conditions. Haydock, for example, has officially changed its status to "frozen."

Racing TV, a subscription channel, recently bid farewell to presenter Nick Luck at the famous Berkshire track, as the new era for Sky began on January 1. However, the channel confirmed that the ground at Newbury was frozen, despite frost covers being in place.

Racecourses all over the country are now hoping that their fixtures can still go ahead amidst the cold snap. Chepstow and Plumpton, for instance, had to abandon their meetings on Tuesday.

Southwell will conduct a precautionary inspection at 8am tomorrow before deciding if their planned fixture can proceed. Similarly, Wincanton has already abandoned its meeting scheduled for Thursday, two days in advance, due to frozen conditions after temperatures dropped to -4C.

Haydock and Newcastle have also had to cancel their respective fixtures. Lingfield, on the other hand, will hold an inspection at 8.30am on Wednesday to determine if its Winter Million Festival fixture, starting on Friday, can go ahead.

Newbury is hoping for better weather when their Premier meeting takes place on February 10. In the meantime, Betfair's Super Saturday is still set to be shown on Sky Sports Racing.

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