Weekend Racecourses Confident Of Getting Racing On

Going Report

Officials at racecourses set to host the big meetings across the weekend are confident that the rescheduled racecards will beat the dreadful weather and go ahead as planned as Ludlow and Ayr have already had to cancel their race days in the week.

Chepstow, Kempton and Wincanton are the three tracks that will be under the biggest spotlight come the weekend, hosting the best of the British racing on Saturday on ITV.

The best of the racing is set to come from Chepstow with the Welsh National meeting that was supposed to go ahead over Christmas has been rescheduled for Saturday with all the same races going ahead including the Welsh National and the Grade One Juvenile Finale Hurdle.

The meeting was called off on the 27th December after heavy rain the night before, but the track are happy to report it has since been mostly dry and precautions are in place to stop the track from frosting over.

(Credit Racing Post) Phil Bell, director at Chepstow, said: "The track's in great shape and you can race on it today easily. We've had very little rain since the night before the Welsh National and it's getting a bit chilly, so we'll be laying frost covers on Monday. I think we'd be confident at the moment and looking at the forecast."

Kempton are another track hosting a stellar card of racing across the weekend with the racecourse taking on races like the Relkeel Hurdle from Cheltenham after their New Year's Day meeting was abandoned.

Barney Clifford, clerk of the course at Kempton, said: "It's going to be a cold week but not desperately cold in the London area. We'll probably get down to 0C or -1C.

"There was a lot of damage on the second day [of the King George meeting], so the track's not quite back yet and we'll be covering take-offs and landings and move rails. There's a lot to do and we'll see how cold it is, but we're optimistic at this stage."

Like Kempton, Wincanton have taken on the Paddy Power Dipper Novices' Chase from Cheltenham, with some superstars set to take to the Somerset track.

Daniel Cooper, clerk of the course at Wincanton, said: "It's looking well and we've got a really settled week, so it should be a lovely soft ground description all week.

"There's certainly a weather watch later in the week and we'll make a mid-week decision on sheets or covers, but we're in a good position."