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Sun may shine on last day of St Leger festival

THE good news is that some sunshine is expected Saturday afternoon on St Leger day. But, with further rain forecast on Friday night, it is hoped that the ground will not get any softer than Friday's on the fourth and final leg of the meeting.

Although the ground on Friday was changed to soft, good to soft in places, after a dry night, there were furthershowers through the afternoon, and into the evening.

Clerk of the course David Williams said: "I have left the ground description the same, but it may change back to soft all round, provided what it does overnight.

"Emma Jesson, who is an independent forecaster, associated with several racecourses, has been pretty accurate all week.                                                                                                  
"She has forecasted anything up to 4mm of rain through yesterday afternoon and into the evening, then clearing overnight and after being overcast through the morning, the chances of some sunshine in the afternoon."

Day three of the St Leger Festival attracted a crowd of over 11,000, but a much bigger crowd is expected for Saturday.

The County Stand, restaurants and hospitality areas are all sold out, but there are some remaining tickets available for the Grandstand Enclosure, which will be available when the gates open at 11am.

The Family Enclosure will have more than double the amount of selling points, plus improved facilities, to cater for the large numbers expected.


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