Towcester’s Blue Riband card was called off at the last minute due to the condition of the racing surface.
Track spokesman Nathan Corden said: “We are absolutely gutted. Most of the track was raceable but it is the coldest night of the winter at around -4 degrees, and there were sections on the outside that were starting to get too firm. Given the temperatures are still falling, it wasn’t a chance that anyone was prepared to take.
“We can understand the disappointment of all those trainers who have driven here tonight and Kevin (Boothby) is giving each of them £75 towards their expenses. We have checked the weather forecast for the next couple of days and Monday looks dodgy so we are provisionally looking at Tuesday for the first round. All the subscriptions to the video service will be able to watch racing on that day.
“That has been the biggest plus point on a disappointing day. I don’t have the final figure, but the last I heard there were over 1,600 subscriptions. Clearly, the concept has been well received.”
Towcester reschedule Blue Riband for Wednesday afternoon..
BY JONATHAN KAY 11:07AM 25 JAN 2021
TOWCESTER has pushed back the heats of the Trc Health & Hygiene Blue Riband until Wednesday afternoon due to the continued poor weather forecast.
As a result, the semi-finals will also now be delayed a day until Sunday afternoon’s SIS fixture with the £7,500 final still on track be the staged on Saturday evening, February 6.
The original first round meeting was frozen off on Saturday and it had been planned to restage the heats on Tuesday but Towcester spokesman Nathan Corden said: “The decision has been made to put it back another 24 hours as most of the country woke up to more snow and sub-zero temperature on Monday.
“Travel could still prove difficult on Tuesday and the forecast for Wednesday is a lot better so it makes sense.
“Everyone who purchased a stream for the abandoned meeting on Saturday night will be issued with a full refund this week and we have taken the decision to provide a stream free of charge for Wednesday afternoon's heats.
“Customers will need to sign up for an account with Towcester TV in order to watch the free stream of the heats.”