Lingfield to inspect ahead of Monday National Hunt card

Monday’s National Hunt meeting at Lingfield is subject to a further inspection at 7.30am on raceday morning.

There has been no jumps racing in Britain or Ireland since last Monday, but the prospect of rising temperatures gives hope that a resumption could be imminent.

Lingfield’s clerk of the course George Hill called an initial inspection for 8am on Sunday and is optimistic enough to announce a second check for Monday morning.

Hill said: “There’s been a big improvement in the last 24 hours, but we do need it to improve again.

“We’re going to start moving a rail this morning as some areas aren’t too bad and other areas are a fair bit worse and fairly solid. We’re going to try and get creative.

“We had three millimetres of rain on Saturday, which helped. If we get a few more showers today that would be good, although we don’t want too much rain as the ground is already heavy.

“Temperatures could get up to 8C today, so we’ll just have to hope it improves enough.”