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NEWCASTLE ABANDON FIFTH CARD.

Byline: DAVE MITCHELL

NEWBURY could be the only surviving jump card tomorrow after stewards at Towcester have inspected the frost-ravaged Northamptonshire track at 7am.

Newcastle's Fighting Fifth Hurdle card was abandoned yesterday afternoon - the track is under seven inches of snow - and Towcester officials will find their decision to be as simple if the forecast frost strikes.

"If the forecast is correct, we would have little chance of racing so, on the back of that, we've decided to look on Friday morning," said clerk of the course Robert Bellamy.

The BHA are juggling with limited options concerning staging the Fighting Fifth Hurdle away from Newcastle.

It's unlikely the race earmarked for Champion Hurdler Binocular's return will be tacked onto the Newbury card.

Today's Musselburgh card must pass a 7am inspection too.

OAKS runner-up Meeznah has - as expected - been disqualified from the Epsom classic, having tested positive to a banned substance - a metabolite of acepromazine (ACP).

Trainer David Lanigan was fined pounds 750. His solicitor, Mark Edmondson, said: "The BHA panel found that David Lanigan's procedures were immaculate - he couldn't have done any more."

NEWBURY CARD

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2010
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