York misses most of morning rain but Chester is hit

Arabian Queen (Silvestre de Sousa) York 19.8.15

York: missed most of the morning rain but more is forecast

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Tony McFadden 12:04PM 9 JUL 2016 

THE going at Chester has eased to soft (from good) following 10mm of rain on Saturday morning but, as of 11.30am, York had missed most of the rain which has struck the north of England.

Newmarket may provide the day’s Group 1 action but York is likely to be the most popular course in terms of attendance and patrons will be hoping that the rain stays away.


Speaking as she walked the track, Anthea Morshead, assistant clerk of the course at York, said: “We’ve only had 1mm of rain so far and it is currently dry.

“There is the possibility of rain throughout the day and I imagine we will lose the good to firm places from the description. The forecast is improving, though.”

The going at York was changed to good just after midday.

Chester rain

It was a different story at Chester, however, as the track was hit by more rain than expected.

Clerk of the course Andrew Morris said: “We had 10mm between 8am and 11am, which was more than we were forecast to get. Because we raced yesterday the rain has had more of an impact on the state of the ground and the going has changed to soft.

“The forecast suggests that we should be dry for a few hours and then there is the threat of a shower this afternoon, but hopefully we have already had the heaviest of the rain.”

Fast ground

The Racing Post’s Newmarket correspondent David Milnes reported a ‘very light shower’ in the town at 8am but the going on the July course remains good to firm.

A total of 3mm of water was applied to the course on Friday evening after Alice Springs shattered the course record in the Falmouth Stakes.

Officials at Ascot have also watered and applied 4mm to the whole course after racing on Friday. The going on the straight course is good to firm, while there are good places on the round course.

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