Doncaster expecting rain ahead of Leger meeting opener
DONCASTER is expecting up to 10mm of rain ahead of Wednesday's opening card of the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger meeting.
The Yorkshire venue has seen plenty of rain during the recent wet spell but following a dry period, clerk of the course David Williams reports the ground to have improved.
"We have changed the ground this morning to good to soft on the straight course and good to soft, soft in places on the round course which is better than it was previously," he said.
"That is subject to change because we have a band of raincoming in tomorrow afternoon and we are forecast to receive anything up to 10 millimetres through to Wednesday morning.
"The rain tomorrow will give us a good idea of where we stand with regard to the start of the LadbrokesSt Leger Festival on Wednesday."
Doncaster have a bright forecast for Wednesday's meeting which features a low-key beginning with the Listed Construction News Scarbrough Stakes before Saturday's Group 1 double-header with the Leger and Sprint Cup.
Doncaster's managing directorAdam Waterworth said: "The forecast is for a nice, dry day on Wednesday and we are hopeful it will brighten up for Saturday.
"Obviously there will be some rain about this week though."
Racing in Yorkshire suffered a major blow when the wet weather resulted in a wash-out at York's Ebor meeting.
However, Waterworth admits the track has seen a slight boost in bookings this year and is hoping their fixture can restore a little shine to the season for local fans.
"There will be a number of Yorkshire racegoers who have missed out a few weeks ago and will come and support us," he told At The Races.
"Hopefully we can give racegoers their annual fix and we have never been in better shape."