LEOPARDSTOWN, Leicester and Catterick must all pass morning inspections if racing is to ahead at the tracks on Thursday.

Chepstow’s Welsh National card was abandoned after the course was waterlogged on Wednesday, and now three more race meetings are in doubt.

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Leopardstown have called a precautionary inspection at 7.30am ahead of day three of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival . This is due to the risk of frost and fog overnight.

Leicester have called an 8am inspection tomorrow with the course currently covered by between one and two inches of snow.

While a largely dry and cloudy day is forecast, temperatures are not due to rise above 3C and could dip below freezing on Wednesday night.

Clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson said: “We’ve got a bit of everything at the moment.

“We have between one and two inches of snow on the track after having 25 millimetres (of mixed precipitation) overnight, with a bit of rain mixed in.

“The first thing we need is for the snow to move. The problem we might have then, of course, is waterlogging as the ground is already heavy underneath.

“We’ll have to see what sort of a mess we have once the snow is gone, and we might get a touch of frost as well.

“It’s going to be a tough battle.”

Catterick must survive an 8am precautionary inspection due to the threat of overnight frost.

Templegate’s TV tips

1.20 Kempton – The Unit: ‘The small field and decent pace should play into his hands’ (add to your betslip)

1.55 Kempton – Midnight Tour: ‘Progressive last season and made a promising return’ (add to your betslip)

2.30 Kempton – Politologue: ‘There’s more to come and he should make it a hat-trick of wins this season’ (add to your betslip)

3.05 Kempton – Sir Ivan: ‘His third behind Elegant Escape and Black Corton at Newbury looks good form’ (add to your betslip)

Clerk of the course Fiona Needham said: “If the forecast is correct we shouldn’t have any problems, the course is perfectly raceable at present.

“They are predicting minus 1C and if that is what we get, we’ll be fine.

“However, at this time of year it only takes the forecast to be a degree or two worse and you can be caught out.

“Looking at the pictures from the rest of the country, though, we’re getting away lightly.”

Jockey Jack Kennedy clings to his horse but gets back in the saddle and amazingly goes on to win the race


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