Leopardstown And Sandown Set To Go Ahead Saturday

Saturday's racing could be saved with the two main meetings of the weekend are still set to go ahead after a torrid time for the sport over the last seven days with frequent cards being cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Sandown and Leopardstown host superb cards that will show off some of the best horses in the sport of national Hunt jumps racing.

Sandown's clerk of the course Andrew Cooper as described the thoughts of the meeting being able to go ahead as "pretty positive" after the frost on the course has all but cleared and he posted this picture on social media.

(Credit @ACooperClerk)

The course is supposed to show off dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D'Air in what will be his final run before going to the Cheltenham festival to defend his Grade 1 title.

Leopardstown chief executive was even more hopeful that there two day Dublin Racing Festival will go ahead without a hitch saying he has "no concerns" for either day of the meetings.

Courses that could not quite beat the weather were Musselburgh's two day meeting across Saturday and Sunday where they were supposed to be showing off there Cheltenham trial weekend. With that, Wetherby have unfortunately already had to call there Saturday meeting off as well due the snow and frost and they had a fearsome looking Grade 2 on their card.

(credit @WetherbyRaces)

Sandown did have around three centimetres of snow fall across the course on Thursday evening but according to reports it is starting to clear already and no inspection is planned for Friday.

(Credt Racing Post) Cooper said:"We wouldn't be racing here at the moment but that's not the point.

"We were above freezing from midnight and things are already starting to shift. The snow that fell feels wet and the forecast also suggests there will be little or no frost overnight, which had been the worry. In fact, the frost had started to shift remarkably quickly yesterday and by 2.30pm there wasn't much at all."

Cooper added: "We're not out of the woods yet but the situation is looking pretty positive.

"There would be no point holding an inspection now, as we would simply be kicking the can down the road. We'll see how today goes and we may have a look in the morning, but that will hopefully just be precautionary in nature."

The current going description for the Sandown track reads as Soft with good to soft in places on the hurdles part of the track and good to soft and good in places on the chase course.

Leopardstown has more of upbeat feel about it probably offering the best of the racing across the weekend but also the most likely to go ahead and the course have made the decision to move all the chase races to the end of the course so they will definitely go ahead.

(Credit Racing Post) Chief Exec Keogh said: "It's going to be cold National Hunt weather but we have no concerns.

"We were always comfortable with the forecast and that remains the case.


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