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The big freeze: Thursday's Fairyhouse card cancelled

Racing schedule is frozen out by poor conditions.

Image: : Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE ADVERSE WEATHER continues to affect the sporting calendar.

Thursday’s rearranged meeting at Fairyhouse has been cancelled due to snow it was confirmed this afternoon.

The card, featuring three Grade One races, was slated to take place on Sunday but was put back due to frost and snow.

RTÉ reports:

[F]ollowing an inspection by Irish Turf Club officials, the meeting has been called off once again. There is currently a six-inch covering of snow on the track.

The meeting has been transferred to Wednesday 8 December 2010.

Elsewhere, Sunday’s meeting at Punchestown is in doubt as the track is currently unfit for racing, the Press Association reports.

The Irish Turf Club report the track, which is due to stage the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, to be covered by snow at present.

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Officials at the venue will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.

And Clonmel could also be affected:

[T]he course is currently fit for racing with the ground described as soft to heavy. Horse Racing Ireland has also announced that there will be an additional meeting at Dundalk this Saturday.

This will be an afternoon fixture with the first race at 3.10 p.m.

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