Thursday, 12 February 2009

Racing held up by the freeze

The cold and snowy weather of the past week and a half has limited racing nationally and, though Ayr survived last Saturday, it looks a while before we will have any action in Scotland and the North.

Yesterday's Musselburgh meeting looked a possible after a less cold night, but an early morning temperature drop put paid to that one. That's two days lost this year and Anthea Morshead intimated that Musselburgh might bid for any additional fixtures if they are up for offer.

The snow and frost in the Borders saw today's meeting at Kelso abandoned and tomorrow's meeting at Catterick has gone the same way.

Sedgefield are due to race on Sunday and Carlisle on Monday. The forecast is for slightly warmer weather in Northern England from Saturday so both have reasonable chances.

Looking ahead a couple of weeks, the Scottiah circuit has a double header over the weekend of 28th February/1st March, with Kelso holding the Premier hurdle card, the feature being a Grade 2 Novices' Hurdle supported by two Class 2 chases. Musselburgh race on the Sunday in what is planned to be their last meeting of the jumps season.

1 comment:

  1. Might be of interest for your blog Rob?

    Musselburgh Racecourse has reacted swiftly after losing yesterday’s (Wed 11 Feb) fixture due to frost.

    The East Lothian track has secured an additional National Hunt meeting on Friday 20 February, gates open at noon and first race is 2pm.

    And in a further boost for disappointed punters Musselburgh have slashed admission prices for this race meeting with race goers paying £10 at the gate (normally £15) and concessions priced at £5 (£10).

    Musselburgh Racecourse general manager, Bill Farnsworth, said: “We’ve lost two meetings due to bad weather since the start of the year but we are determined to pull out the stops and do what we can with extra fixtures and discounted pricing wherever possible.”

    For more information visit


    Issued on behalf of Musselburgh Racecourse by Sure Public Relations. For further information please contact Stephen Rafferty on 07980 598974.