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Fairyhouse stands alone in Ireland or Britain as Carlisle abandoned

Sun 1st Dec 2019, 08:56

All eyes on Fairyhouse today
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This afternoon’s National Hunt meeting at Carlisle has been abandoned due to a frozen track.

The Cumbrian venue passed a first inspection on Saturday afternoon but another one needed to be called due to the prospect of second bitterly cold night.

Unfortunately, despite vulnerable areas being covered, the temperature dipped well below freezing leaving officials with no choice but to call the meeting off over an hour before the scheduled 8am inspection.

Carlisle’s general manager Molly Dingwall tweeted: “We tried our hardest to save today’s fixture but sadly the cold beat us. We have had to abandon.”

Action had been due to get under way at 12.20pm with the feature race at 1.50, the Listed Houghton Mares’ Chase.

With Leicester’s meeting already called off on Friday it means there is no racing in Britain on Sunday with all eyes now on Fairyhouse which stages three Grade Ones.

Monday’s meeting at Musselburgh is the latest under threat with clerk of the course Harriet Graham announcing an inspection for 8.30am on raceday.

However, hopes are high with temperatures set to rise to 6C.