Big freeze hits sport again as football fixtures loses more matches and Cheltenham waits on Saturday's show
12:25 GMT, 25 January 2013
10:07 GMT, 26 January 2013
Cheltenham’s big Saturday meeting featuring key Festival trials has passed its Friday inspection but is still subject to a 7am check tomorrow as the track continue to hedge their bets.
No problems are anticipated but the possibility of switching the meeting to Sunday has been retained should unexpected weather hit the track.
A number of football fixtures have also fallen victim to the frozen weather (see below).
Snow joke: The Cheltenham Trials meeting is under threat
Postponed football matches
npower League 1
Tranmere v Swindon
npower League 2
Bradford v Wycombe
Blue Square Bet Premier
Alfreton Town v Tamworth
Hyde v Ebbsfleet United
Kidderminster Harriers v Woking
Scottish Second Division
Albion v Stenhousemuir
Brechin v Queen of South
Scottish Third Division
Annan Athletic v Peterhead
East Stirling v Clyde
Elgin v Queen's Park
The circuit has been cleared of snow but some is expected to hit the course this afternoon being followed by rain.
Cheltenham communications manager Andy Clifton said: 'The course is fit to race and we will be taking the covers off this afternoon, but we have called a precautionary check for 7am.
'The situation is that we are forecast a little bit of snow around teatime today which is then due to be followed by a band of rain.
'Given the more severe weather which is forecast across the country later today, we felt it prudent to call a precautionary inspection just in case our local forecasts are wrong.
'If the forecast is right, which they
have largely been this week, I think we might be able to give the
meeting the go-ahead before 7am tomorrow. If the forecast is right, we
would be extremely confident of racing tomorrow.
Trainers will be required to declare their horses for Saturday and then declare them again for Sunday.
Inspection: Officials will look at the track at 7am on Saturday
Clifton added: 'The whole point of us
having that ghost card, even though we are confident of racing, was to
give us the option of Sunday. If there is some unexpected problem
overnight, we have the option to wait until Sunday.'
card features a Gold Cup trial in the Argento Chase and the Victor
Chandler Chase in which unbeaten chaser Sprinter Sacre runs.
Hard at work: Groundstaff clear snow off the track on Friday
A few football matches have been postponed because of the freezing conditions.
In League One, the match at Prenton Park between Tranmere Rovers and Swindon Town has been called off, as has the League Two game between Bradford City and Wycombe.
In the Conference, the matches at Alfreton, Hyde and Kidderminster are off, while only one match in Conference North – Worcester City v Histon – has survived.
In the Conference South, the games at Billericay Town, Boreham Wood and Maidenhead United have been postponed.
Five games in Scotland are off as things stand – in the second division at Albion Rovers and Brechin, and in the third division at Annan, East Stirling and Elgin City.