Storm Eunice threatens Friday races in Britain | Race News

The race is preparing for an attack from Storm Eunice, which is expected to hit most of the UK on Friday.

It is expected to cause more widespread damage than Storm Dudley, which made its way Wednesday night.

The meeting in Fakenham was canceled today due to the extreme nature of the weather warnings and the other Friday meetings in Kelso, Lingfield and Southwell are subject to inspections. Snow, as well as high winds, could be a problem in Kelso, where a preventive inspection was called for at 8 a.m.

“We’re just a yellow warning at the moment here and we’re not getting anything like the wind speed in England,” race director Matthew Taylor said.

“Our concern would be snow more than anything and access to the racecourse perhaps and the surrounding high areas if there is a lot of snow. We are in a more difficult situation than most because this does not is literally just the waiting game.

“The problem too is that the forecast changes from hour to hour. We were supposed to have 10 centimeters of snow, then this afternoon it turned to rain again, so we don’t know exactly what we are going to get.”

“We have an 8am inspection, so hopefully we can make the right decision early.”

Officials will also assess the prospects for the Lingfield 8am all-weather meeting. The jumps meeting scheduled for Monday was abandoned due to a waterlogged course.

Southwell’s all-weather map is under precautionary inspection at 10am due to an orange wind warning with gusts of 60-70mph expected in the afternoon with rain likely.

Kirkland Tellwright, race director at Haydock, hopes the storm has died down by the time their reunion, featuring the William Hill Grand National Trial, begins on Saturday.

“The main concern has been the wind, which would be a problem on race day but shouldn’t be the day before. There will undoubtedly be a lot of damage to repair,” he said.

“Saturday is expected to be windy with gusty winds and more rain. Having ridden the course several times today, I’m quite optimistic that we’ll get through this.

“The obstacle course is heavy, soft in places, and not in the wrong place. The hunt course is heavy, and very heavy in one or two places, so we could get around them. I took off the second fence in the straight back mainly as a precaution because it gives us more options on how we pass this place.”

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