Welsh Grand National at risk for second week in a row as Chepstow braces for ice and possible snow during cold snap
THE WELSH Grand National is at risk of being cancelled for the second time in just two weeks.
Originally scheduled in its traditional slot on December 27, Chepstow were forced to act after the track was severely waterlogged.
The prestigious race was then moved to January 9, this Saturday, with the rest of the card.
But now with the cold snap set to move in later in the week, the course are praying it's second time lucky.
And officials are doing everything they can to beat the minus temperatures predicted for the end of the week.
Clerk of the course Libby O'Flaherty said: "Monday is quite a warmish day with temperatures of 3C or 4C.
"As the week goes on, Wednesday and Thursday we only have highs of 2C and Wednesday is the coldest night at -3C.
"Wintry showers are possible on Thursday, but they are hit and miss. Friday into Saturday we are forecast -1C or -2C which is why we are putting the covers down now while we are raceable.
"We hadn't had a frost overnight last night so by getting the covers down now we're hoping to be fine."
Last year's race was memorably by the Welsh-trained Potters Corner – a first Welsh winner for 54 years.
Potters Corner will miss this year's race regardless, but the Welsh could have a strong hand again with antepost favourite Secret Reprieve who has shortened from 25-1 into 7-2 in places.
The weather continues to cause havoc around the country with the racing calendar.
Ayr's card on Wednesday has already been abandoned due to ice and snow.
While Ludlow's Wednesday fixture is also at threat and must pass another inspection.
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