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Doncaster in 'good fettle' ahead of St Leger festival

IT is all systems go for the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger festival at Doncaster this week despite the seemingly never-ending rain that has affected the country for most of the summer.

The South Yorkshire venue has soaked up 230 millimetres of moisture in the last two months and more than 40 millimetres in the last week alone.

However the track is described as being in ‘good fettle' while the going is good to soft, soft in places on the straight course and soft, good to soft on the round course.

"I'm quite pleased because the sun's come out today. I don't think we've seen the sun for more than an hour over the last three weeks," said clerk of the course David Williams.

"Tomorrow is set to be quite a reasonable day though we might get the oddrogue shower. Tuesday is looking like getting more rain at this stage but the forecast changes all the time and I'm hopeful the rain might miss us.                                                                        
"It's a mixed bag but at least the forecast is more showery than persistent rain.

"In the last seven days we've had a total of just over 40mm and since the beginning of July we had 230mm. It's been a wet July and August but the track is in good fettle we've not raced since August 2nd.

"My biggest problem at the moment is getting the grass dryenough so I can cut it."

The four-day extravaganza starts on Wednesday and culminates in the final Classic of the season.

The Ladbrokes St Leger is the centrepiece of an eight-race card thanks to the addition of Haydock's Sprint Cup being transferred from Saturday's abandoned meeting at the Merseyside track.

"It's an absolutely brilliant card. We are very pleased," Williams went on.

"It's very disappointing for Haydock but we are obviously delighted to have got it and we have eight races to end the week."

 

 
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