Lingfield will hold a precautionary inspection at 6.30am ahead of Wednesday’s all-weather meeting on the Polytrack because of the threat of snow.

It had been thought the Surrey venue would miss the worst of the blizzards in England but a change in the forecast has put officials there on red alert.

‘We will take stock of the situation first thing in the morning,’ said clerk of the course Neil Mackenzie Ross.

‘This snow originally looked like it was going to be round to the west of us. But that is now changing rapidly and it looks like from about nine o'clock this evening through to close of play tomorrow we could be hit by any amount of snow.

‘It's not just the racing surface that we are concerned with. It's access, making the site clear for people obviously that it is safe to get here. There are lots of things to take into consideration.’

Huntingdon's National Hunt meeting on Thursday has been abandoned due to a frozen track.

Like many venues in recent days it has been hit by sub-zero temperatures for a number of consecutive nights now and there is no sign of a let up.