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.