It was the news horse racing jumps fans didn’t want to wake up to as Haydock Park has been forced to call off their Peter Marsh Chase card today after another night of sub-zero temperatures at the Lancashire track.
Haydock Park Joins Ascot and Taunton On The Saturday Abandoned List
On Friday night, Haydock Park clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright suggested there was a glimmer of hope they could salvage their Peter Marsh Chase card after a few days of slightly warmer weather, but that hope was quicky extinguished on Saturday morning when the course suffered -3C overnight temperatures on Friday evening.
Tellwright told the Racing Post: “We’ve had the coldest frost of the week and it’s not finished yet. It’s got down to below minus three-and-a-half degrees, so it made this morning’s decision an easy one.”
Unfortunately racing has been abandoned today due to a frozen track. Temperatures reached -3c last night. Automatic refunds will be made for ticket purchases and the hospitality team will be in touch with customers.
— Haydock Park Races (@haydockraces) January 21, 2023
With Ascot’s Clarence House Chase card already lost in the week and Taunton not surviving an inspection on Friday, this means a blank Saturday for UK horse racing jumps lovers.
Clarence House Chase Card Re-Routed To Cheltenham
The ‘good news’ though is today’s intended Ascot Grade One Clarence House Chase, that was set to feature a fascinating match-up between Energumene and Edwardstone, will now be staged at next Saturday’s Cheltenham Trials Day (28th Jan).
With only three runners entered for the ‘called-off’ Ascot race, the entries have also been re-opened and £46,000 added to the prize fund in a bid to attract some more entries.
Cheltenham staged the Clarence House Chase back in 2013 and 2017, when Ascot was called off too.
What’s Left for Saturday Horse Racing Fans?
Ok, there’s no jump racing in the UK today (Sat 21st Jan), but Navan has survived over in Ireland. They’ve got a 7-card card and with the two chase races on the card the last two events there is every chance the ground will thaw out a bit by then. Their Navan first race is at 12 noon.
On the UK front, it’s All Weather racing all the way.
Love it, or hate it – at least there’s still horse racing to enjoy with Lingfield staging their Winter Million AW card, while Southwell and Wolverhampton join the AW sand party too.
The first race of the three-pronged AW attack is at 11:55am at Lingfield, where the ITV 3 cameras will show four races – while, with Wolverhampton racing in the evening (5:30pm-8:30pm), there’s still action for just over 8 1/2 hours!
Lingfield To Inspect For Their Sunday Winter Million Jumps Card at 4pm Saturday
The going is reported to be heavy and frozen in places on the Lingfield NH turf course. The Surrey venue race on the AW today, but will inspect for their Sunday jumps fixture at 4pm today. Sunday’s Fakenham card has already been called off.
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