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Weather problems for racingHeadlines
Carlisle racecourse

Racing is still suffering at the hands of the weather, but officials at Carlisle remain optimistic of getting the go-ahead for Wednesday's card despite calling an inspection for 8am.

The meeting at Down Royal in Northern Ireland on the same day is off, however, and has been rescheduled for next Tuesday.

Tuesday's fixtures at Market Rasen and Fairyhouse went ahead as planned, but Sedgefield was called off.

A centimetre of snow fell at Carlisle on Monday night, but clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright is hopeful of racing going ahead.

He said: "We had a centimetre of snow overnight and we will inspect at 8am on Wednesday. I'm quite optimistic of racing, though, as it's forecast to be wet and the snow should thaw."

The meeting at Down Royal was cancelled due to a waterlogged track. Officials were due to inspect at 8am, but they made an earlier call as sufficient improvement in conditions was unlikely.

Tuesday's meeting at Sedgefield was abandoned due to snow, but the meeting at Market Rasen went ahead as planned after the track passed an inspection.

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