Newmarket good to soft following overnight rain

Mariner's Cross- Newmarket 19.4.12

Rain has forced a going change at Newmarket on Nell Gwyn day

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NEWMARKET reported 4mm of rain overnight and into Tuesday morning, meaning that the going for day one of the now three-day Craven meeting is good to soft all over the Rowley Mile.

Clerk of the course Michael Prosser reported on Tuesday morning: “We’ve had more than forecast, but we’ve also been very lucky. We had 2mm pre-midnight, 2mm since and it has been dry since 7am.

“The front that’s currently swirling around us is meant to clear northwards by 11am and we’ll be dry for racing today, with showers due to arrive around 6pm,” he added.

“This front is very slow moving and we just seem to be caught in a little pocket. If we were a bit further east, towards Essex, we’d have had half an inch.”

Prosser also had a positive update for the week as a whole.

“It’s been a tough week for the meteorologists, very changeable, but at the moment we’re forecast dry days with showers a little later on. The exception would be tomorrow, when they might roll in that little bit earlier.

“We’re forecast clear skies and 15C during the days, so it should be pleasant for racing.”

News of a change in going has already had a bearing on the day’s feature race, the Lanwades Staud Nell Gwyn Stakes. Illuminate, who had been a best-priced 9-2 behind First Victory and Nathra, will miss the race due to unsuitable ground.

Her trainer Richard Hannon had told the Racing Post on Monday: “I won’t run her if there’s any give in the ground, in which case she’ll go straight to the Guineas.”



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