Michael Prosser: to put another half an inch of water on the whole coursePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
July festival set to go
off good to firm
GROUNDSTAFF are completing the latest watering cycle at Newmarket where the three-day July festival is set to get underway on Thursday with the track riding good to firm.
The recent heatwave has been in marked contrast to twelve months ago when 3 inches of rain fell during the corresponding week and the July Cup was run on heavy ground, but clerk of the course, Michael Prosser, has no such concerns this time.
"The weather is set fair, it has been 21/22C today, we are expecting something very similar tomorrow and then temperatures rise again as we are looking at 25C on Friday and slightly higher again on Saturday," said Prosser on Wednesday.
"The ground is good to firm. We are in the final throes of putting another half an inch of water on the whole course, having done the same on Monday, and if we feel that it needs watering on Thursday night for Friday's racing then we will do so."