Newmarket going improves following dry night

French Navy (Williamm Buick) wins

French Navy won the Earl of Sefton Stakes last year

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THE going at Newmarket has changed to Good to soft, from soft, after a dry night at the course.

Speaking on Wednesday morning, clerk of the course Michael Prosser said: “There has been no rain since 5pm on Tuesday. It is a lovely, dry morning and the sun is out.

“The track is in excellent condition and, as this place drains very quickly, I can see the going improving again by the time racing begins.”

Those attending the second day of the Craven meeting may want to bring an umbrella as Prosser added: “There is the potential for a mid-afternoon shower at around 3pm or 4pm.”

Non runners

A total of 7mm of rain hit the track on Monday night and during racing on Tuesday, which has prompted the early withdrawal of Decorated Knight from the feature Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes.

Mr Turner, who had been set to run in the penultimate race on the card, has also been declared a non-runner on account of the going.


It is not all about the flat on Wednesday, however, as Cheltenham stage a good-quality jumps card, with the first race scheduled to start at 1.50pm.

The going at Cheltenham is described as Good to soft, good in places and the forecast is for a mainly dry day, thought there is the potential for showers later in the afternoon.


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