I fell out of the pit this morning to see a dusting of snow on the ground that had fallen overnight. This, in theory shouldn't affect the racing we are interested in today - it is all-weather racing when all said and done and all-weather means just that, doesn't it?
Strangely this is not always the case. Even if the course is raceable, it doesn't mean that the facilities on course are accessible and meetings have in the past been cancelled for this reason. There is also the logistical problem of getting the horses to the course. If there has been a deluge of snow in Newmarket say, trying to get the horses to Kempton Park may be difficult, even if the Sunbury area is clear. The fibresand surface at Southwell often doesn't hold up to extreme low temperatures and because of its softer texture than polytrack, will actually freeze.
|A snowy paddock at Kempton Park|
So maybe the time has come to change the name to sand or even artificial track racing, to get away from the myth that all-weather really means in all conditions.
To be honest, I wouldn't be too upset to see a temporary halt in racing, considering the bad run of form I seem to be on at the moment. I try to pick horses to watch and the only place most of them seem to be currently is at the rear of the field.
Anyway, onwards and upwards - Southwell, Wolverhampton and Dundalk today (and we all know, I don't deal in Dundalk, unless I absolutely have to).
- 11.55 Stevie Gee 2nd 8/1
- 12.25 Really Lovely - won 6/4
- 1.00 Wicked Wench - 2nd 11/4
- 1.35 Conducting - unplaced
- 2.10 Ishiamiracle - 2nd 9/2
- 2.45 Seamster - won 4/1
- 3.20 St Oswald - 2nd 11/8
- 3.50 Lady Lyricist - unplaced
- 4.20 Like The Night - 2nd 7/2
- 4.50 Canadian Danehill - 3rd 28/1
- 5.20 Flying Trader - won 13/8
- 5.50 It's Dubai Dolly - unplaced
- 6.20 Barton Bounty - unplaced
- 6.50 Kames Park - unplaced