There will be fast ground at Newmarket
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony McFadden 8:15AM 8 JUL 2016
RACING on the second day of the July meeting looks set to take place on fast ground as the good places were taken out of the going description at Newmarket, leaving the ground as good to firm.
Some forecasts had suggested that rain would strike Newmarket on Friday morning but it had not arrived by 7.30am.
Morning showers are possible but it is expected to be a largely dry day. The first race is at 2.10.
Rain at York
It was a different story at York, however, as the going was eased to good, good to firm in places (from good to firm) after 6.5mm of rain fell overnight.
Speaking on Friday morning, assistant clerk of the course Anthea Morshead said: “We had 6.5mm of rain overnight, which was unexpected, and the going is now good, good to firm in places. We might get the odd bit of drizzle before 8am but the rest of the day is forecast to be dry, bright and breezy.
“The ground was pretty quick on Thursday and the course has taken the rain well.”
More to come
Despite the rain, the going is still set to ride quick at York on Friday but that may not be the case for Saturday, when the John Smith’s Cup, the most valuable middle-distance handicap in Britain, is the feature race.
Morshead added: “There has been a complete change in the forecast on Saturday and a front of rain is now expected from around 9am
to early afternoon. The likelihood is that it will change the ground.”