The big freeze in Great Britain continues to wreak havoc on racing, with a meeting at Southwell witnessed by just 13 spectators.
Race officials confirmed on Sunday that the total crowd for the jumpers bumpers meeting last Friday was just 13 paying customers, with trainers, jockeys and stable staff taking the total attendance on course to just over 100 people.
The meeting featured just 27 runners in seven races, with three of the races having just three runners and 16 raceday scratchings due to the conditions.
“Friday was a meeting put on last Monday, so it wasn't in people's diaries, and there was a bitterly cold wind, but I suppose it was disappointing,” course manager Mark Clayton told the Racing Post.
"However, we were keeping the show on the road. We were the only meeting to be staged on Friday and that was only due to my groundstaff and some from Doncaster who had worked for three days and nights to keep the course raceable.”
"We had a few owners and trainers and annual members here and I would say there were around a hundred present."
Clayton said that it was the hype around the weather as much as the weather itself which saw such a poor turnout.
Nottinghamshire wasn’t in the weather warning zone.
The weather has improved significantly in recent days. Ground staff at the famous Cheltenham course have been working for three days to remove snow from the surface of the track.