Newmarket: director of racing Michael Prosser anticipates no problemsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Newmarket confident of beating the wet weather
DESPITE heavy rain continuing to lash Britain following the wettest April on record, Michael Prosser, director of racing at Newmarket, is supremely confident this weekend's Qipco Guineas festival will go ahead.
"We had 9mm overnight and it is pretty much through us now, the back edge will be coming through mid-morning and this afternoon it is expected to brighten up quite nicely," said Prosser.
He also reported the Rowley Mile has had 75mm of rain since the Craven meeting two weeks ago, much less than many other parts of the UK.
"There is a chance of a shower every day through to the Guineas weekendwhich we may miss, it is a moveable feast and difficult to predict but the track is in absolutely fantastic condition, it looks great, walks well and has taken the rainfall as you would expect the Rowley Mile with its brilliant drainage."
Prosser, who refrained from updating the official going until walking the course on Tuesday afternoon, added: "Newmarket is a hard place when there is a drought, it always gets dry and you are irrigating intensely to maintain decent ground.
"But when it is raining heavily this place takes the rain better than anywhere else in the country bar none."