Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fingers Crossed over the Jumps

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fingers Crossed over the Jumps

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Byline: By Keith Hamer

Hopes of a quick resumption of jump racing today following the abandonment of yesterday's cards due to the cold snap rested on early morning inspections.

Officials at Plumpton and Warwick were to look at their respective tracks at 7.30am.

Plumpton was fit for racing yesterday but the forecast was not good.

After an inspection yesterday afternoon, clerk of the course Geoff Stickels said: "We are OK now so there's no reason for us not to continue to be hopeful."

However, at Warwick conditions deteriorated throughout the day.

Head groundsman Tony Howland said: "At three o'clock this afternoon we were very hopeful and were perfectly raceable.

"However, by a quarter past three snow showers had come in.

"And we have about three-quarters of an inch of snow across the track at the moment.

"The temperature has already dropped to minus two and is forecast to go down to minus four overnight.

"With things the way they are we wouldn't be too hopeful, especially if the overnight forecast proves correct. …

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