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Snow unlikely to affect weekend action.

SNOW fell in Ireland yesterday, but with little settling racecourses were bullish about this weekend's action going ahead, writes Jessica Lamb.

Both Fairyhouse, which is set to race on Saturday and Navan, which stages the Grade 1 Navan Novice Hurdle on Sunday, received snow showers, but were confident it would cause nothing more than a change in ground if continuing.

Darren Lawlor, manager of Navan, said: "We've had some snow showers today, but nothing substantial. The ground is heavy and we are forecast further wintry showers, though I don't think there is any danger of them threatening racing at this stage."

Peter Roe, manager of Fairyhouse, reported a "fiveminute snow shower" and warned that conditions are likely to produce "a slog".

He said: "We are forecast further wintry showers. We are soft to heavy and that will have to change to heavy if we get much more snow."

No snow fell at Gowran, which races tomorrow, but the track warned it was expecting "substantial rain" and the going was likely to change from soft.

In Britain, officials at Haydock are confident racing can take place on Saturday despite heavy ground and more rain forecast, while Carlisle's Sunday fixture will be an all-hurdle card after the chases were abandoned yesterday due to waterlogging.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2011
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