The freak snowstorm which has hit Britain and Ireland, known as ‘the Beast from the East’, has wreaked havoc with racing, with a raft of meetings abandoned.

Ten meetings have already been abandoned across the next three days as the late winter snow dump causes major headaches.

The ‘Beast from the East’ which arrived from Siberia to blanket most of Western Europe in arctic-like conditions, has combined with Storm Emma to dump up to 50cm of snow in some places.

While it has ruined most of the racing with the exception of all-weather tracks such as Lingfield and Southwell, it has prompted some spectacular photography of the tracks.

The famous Cheltenham Festival is less than two weeks away and while up to 10cm of snow is expected in Gloucestershire over the weekend, ground staff are confident it won’t substantially affect the conditions.