Champion Hurdle Trial Abandoned Again
Racing's programme continues to be hit by the bad weather with Saturday's Doncaster meeting called off.
The card was due to feature the Skybet Chase and rearranged Stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial, which moved after Haydock was off a week earlier.
7 for Champion Hurdle Trial
No extra entries were received for the reopened StanJames.com Champion Hurdle Trial, rescheduled for Doncaster on Saturday January 26.
The race was saved from Haydock's abandoned card last week, but unfortunately Doncaster's meeting is also in the balance due to the freeze.
Last season's Triumph Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame, the classy Grandouet and the Alan King-trained duo of Raya Star and Balder Succes add further strength to the seven possibles. Sue Smith's Mwaleshi completes the list.
Prospects for Doncaster's feature meeting of the jumps season taking place have taken a turn for the worse, however.
Officials at the track sounded upbeat on Monday about the chances of an improvement in the weather coming in time to save Saturday's card, although Friday's meeting is subject to a 10am inspection on Wednesday. However, the forecast has now changed and confidence has dipped.
"I'm nowhere near as confident as I was," said clerk of the course Roderick Duncan.
"The forecast predicted a rise in temperatures from Thursday onwards, with rain moving in Friday night into Saturday morning. Now they are saying the rain will not reach us until Saturday afternoon or evening.
"We are forecast daytime temperatures in the positives, but we need a lot of help to shift the snow.
"There have been a few conversations about trying to rearrange the meeting, but I don't think they have come to anything as it is logistically very difficult. We may get a different forecast this afternoon, we just have to hope they are wrong." The course is still covered by five inches of snow.
Stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial
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