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Garswood (centre,red) wins the European Free Handicap Newmarket 17.4.13

Newmarket: ground is likely to ride on the top side of good

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Newmarket ground quickens after dry night

THE ground at Newmarket for day one of the Craven meeting has been changed to good, good to firm in places (from good) after a dry night.


The course was watered on Monday to ensure conditions do not become too quick and officials will make a decision about whether to apply more post-racing.

“The ground is likely to ride just on the top side of good,” said clerk of the course Michael Prosser.

“The course is in excellent condition for the time of year and the grass cover is very forward for what you’d expect for the Craven meeting.”

With temperatures forecast to reach 17C and a combination of sunshine and little wind, the prospect of watering after today’s meeting is fairly high.

Prosser added: “We’ll see how it dries out today but it is something we will give consideration to. It would be 3mm or so, to put back the moisture we will have lost today.”

The eight race card, which features the Group 3 Nell Gywn Stakes and two Listed contest, starts at 1.45.

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