"In the towns betting shops either closed or existed on a thin gruel of afternoon greyhounds, bingo and dodgy card games among their punters.
"In the country much af the time was spent digging out or defrosting pipes. In most stables the only way to exercise the horses was to tr0t round a ring bedded down with soiled straw.
"No-one really saw it coming. Apparently there had been reports of some 30 villages being cut off by blizzards in Itally's Abruzzi mountains, but the worst that happened on Saturday, December 22 was thick fog, forcing the cancellation of the last two races from Uttoxeter. Terry Biddlecombe had won the first two, while what was to be the final event before freeze - up, the 3.15 at Fontwell, was won by Fred Winter for Findon trainer Ryan Price.
The big race of the day, Fontwell's Ovaltine Hurdle, worth all of £1,536 8s, was won by Antiar, saddled, like three other winners, by the royal trainer Peter Cazalet, who in doing so nudged Middleham's Nevil Crump off the top of the trainers' table as well as giving Peter's chef Albert Roux something to cook for that night back at Fairlawne, near Tonbridge. ......
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