Arod team worried about soft ground at Epsom


Arod could miss out on another target with the ground at Epsom soft

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AROD’S defence of his Diomed Stakes crown on Friday could be scuppered by softer than ideal ground at Epsom, with connections set to walk the track in the morning before making a decision on his participation.

The five-year-old made his first start of the season when a promising third behind GM Hopkins in the Listed Paradise Stakes at Ascot in April but sidestepped a start in the Lockinge Stakes due to soft ground at Newbury.

Now Arod faces missing out on another intended target after heavy rain at Epsom throughout the week saw the going eased to soft, good to soft in places by Thursday morning.

After a drying day, however, clerk of the course Andrew Cooper described the ground as good to soft, soft in places on Thursday afternoon.

David Redvers, advisor to owner Qatar Racing, said connections have always been keen to avoid running the son of Teofilo on ground worse than good.

“We will have to wait and see what the ground is like,” he said. “We will walk the track in the morning and see if the ground is suitable for him to run. My hunch is the ground may be too soft.

“We’ve spent a lot of time trying to ensure he does not run on softer than good, so we need it to dry.”

Some cause for optimism

Arod’s hopes of lining up at Epsom on Friday were given a slight boost on Thursday afternoon, after Andrew Cooper reported conditions to have inproved since earlier in the week.

Providing an update on Twitter, Cooper said: “It has been a dry, breezy day here and we’ve had winds of up to around 20mph all day.

“I would say the ground has dried out and I’m going to call it good to soft, soft in places”


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