Haydock races on a knife edge due to late snow flurry with a 'lot to do' before first race at 12.55

TODAY'S racing at Haydock is on a knife edge due to a late flurry of snow covering the track.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright admitted there is 'a lot to do' to get the course ready before the first race at 12.55pm.

Top trainer Nicky Henderson warned earlier this week of an 'absolute disaster' if the meet was cancelled at the last minute.


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His superstar horse Buveur D'Air is all primed to make a big return to action after overcoming a horrific injury.

But now the whole meet is up in the air as snow continues to fall on the Merseyside racecourse – with workers in a race against time to get it ready.

The track did pass a second inspection earlier this morning but further snowfall has thrown it into doubt.

Tellwright said: "It should stop snowing shortly, which it needs to do as the frost covers are very heavy to move with snow on them.

"We should still just scrape through.

"The forecast was for sleet snow and it has settled a bit but it needs to stop doing that pretty soon.

"The ground is fit to race on but there's a limit to how much snow we can take and then get the covers off the course.

"As things stand we're going to get there but if it was to snow a lot we'd be stuffed.

"There's a lot to do."

ITV Racing host Luke Harvey said the hurdles course is OK but the chase track has 'quite a bit of snow'.

The big race takes place at 3.15pm – with Templegate providing an ultimate guide to all the action on the box today.


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