Frozen Sandown is abandoned

Saturday’s high class card at Sandown Park has been lost due to the freezing weather conditions in England.

The card was set to feature the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase and the Betfred Double Delight Contenders Hurdle, which would have seen the Nicky Henderson trained Binocular continue his buildup towards the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.

As expected it was a cold night,” clerk of the course Andrew Cooper said on Friday.

“The bitter wind dropped, but in terms of temperatures it was around -4C which was the coldest night of the week.

“Any bare or worn patches from previous meetings under the covers are pretty solid and there isn’t any prospect of the weather changing.”


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