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Ladys First (Tony Hamilton),left) and Integral (Ryan Moore) dead heat for the Atalanta Stakes Sandown 31.8.13

Sandown: ground described as good to firm, good in places

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Slight ease to Eclipse going at Sandown

THERE has been just a slight change to the ground for the Coral-Eclipse card at Sandown after the track avoided heavy thundery showers in the area.

Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper changed the description to good to firm at the end of Friday’s fixture but ‘good in places’ has been reinstated following 2.5mm of rain overnight.

Cooper tweeted: “Just under 3mm rain @Sandownpark overnight in a sharp shower at 1am. Ground good to firm, good in places ahead of Coral-Eclipse.

“More widespread rain than forecast and heavier locally - 7mm at Epsom and Leatherhead.”

The Eclipse course was watered last night with 3mm added to the back straight and home straight, but plans to water the sprint course this morning have been scrapped.

Speaking on the Morning Line, Cooper added: “We left the option of spinning up the five furlong course this morning but the 3mm [of rain] has put that right.

“Last night we did the inside strip on the home straight and some selective stuff down the back straight and, even with the rain we’ve had, I’m glad we did as the ground in question is still predominantly where the good to firm areas are.

“The five furlong course is predominantly good to firm with bits of good but there’s a reasonable amount of good in the round course.”

Haydock remains good to soft after receiving a similar amount of rain before the meeting featuring the Group 2 bet365 Lancashire Oaks.

By 8am there had been five withdrawals for the card’s bet365 Old Newton Cup, which has reduced place terms to three.

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