Horse Racing: What tracks are racing in the UK amid heatwave today and tomorrow?

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Britain faces the prospect of record-breaking temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, causing havoc to the horse racing fixture list.

A level 4 national emergency has been declared by the UK Government after the first ever red extreme heat warning covering England was issued by meteorological masterminds.

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Temperatures reaching 40 degrees celsius have been forecast and, let’s not beat about the bush here, that’s just a bit too hot.

Beverley and Windsor have abandoned their Flat fixtures, scheduled for Monday evening, due to the extreme heat warning.

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The further north you go, the cooler the temperatures so Cartmel, in the Lake District, has survived the axe. The seven-race card has been brought forward to a 12pm start, however, to ensure the action is done and dusted before the height of the heat hits.

Anthea Leigh, Cartmel’s clerk of the course, said: “We’re not expecting the huge temperatures they might get further south. The forecast is for the temperature to peak at 28C at 4pm.

“We’ve grouped together the hurdle races, which have the most runners, and put them early. Then there are three chases, with the last a two-runner race which we’ve put at the end, which gives us the greatest capability of cooling the horses.

“It will be 26C or 27C but we’ve raced in those temperatures before and we have good cooling facilities and teams.”

The mercury is (only) expected to reach 26 degrees celsius at Ayr in Scotland so the track’s seven-race card goes off as scheduled from 1.50pm. The feature is the Ayr Gold Cup Trial Handicap at 4.10pm.

The weather boffins are forecasting even more extreme heat on Tuesday, and the meeting at Scottish track Musselburgh is the only one in the UK to get the green light, with Chelmsford, Southwell and Wolverhampton all axing their fixtures. As talk of record-breaking temperatures began to emerge last week, Southwell officials planned to start their meeting at 10am before taking the decision to call it off.

The good news is the temperatures drop to normal levels for July from Wednesday and a spot of rain has even been forecast for Ascot towards the end of the week ahead of Saturday’s lucrative King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

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