Officials at both Ascot and Haydock expect to be fit for action on Saturday.
The temperature at Ascot dropped well below freezing overnight, but evasive action had already been taken with covers applied to vulnerable areas of the track.
Evan Williams has set his sights on a crack at the Midlands Grand National with useful novice Pobbles Bay.
The seven-year-old scored on his chasing bow at Uttoxeter in November and followed up with victory at Chepstow over the festive period, beating the well-regarded Ibis Du Rheu in the process.
In chases confined to mares I always oppose last-time out fallers, as they have scored just 31 times from 365 runners (8.5% strike-rate) since 2010. Backing them blind would have resulted in a massive loss of -£1692.20 to £10 level stakes (-46.4% on turnover).
Last week, two dark horses won at 8/1 and 7/4, this Saturday we head to Kempton Park for their Lanzarote Hurdle card and once again, we have 5 Dark Horses for punters to watch out for in the afternoon’s main jumping card...