Haydock: going is described as good to firm, firm in placesPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Quick ground causes withdrawals at Haydock
HAYDOCK'S meeting on Saturday afternoon, which features the Group 2 Betfred Temple Stakes, and the betfred.com Silver Bowl, has been hit by non-runners, largely due to the quick ground.
Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright had stated on Friday evening following the afternoon's racing that they would not be tempted to water the ground - which was then good to firm - and it has now quickened to good to firm, firm in places.
At midday there were 23 confirmed non-runners, with 18 ruled out due to the ground. Tellwright said on Saturday morning: "It is good to firm, firm in places. I think that is a conservative call - and you could say that it was spot-on for a Group 2 sprint.
"In the context of this week's weather, with the likelihood of rain which never materialised, the stage was set for non-runners of one sort or another.
"We have not watered. No strategy will suit everyone but we decided a policy of no action was the best one with regard to watering."
The Silver Bowl has been reduced to 11 runners from 15, with Baltic Knight, Luhaif, Here Comes When and Annie's Fortune all out.
In the Temple Stakes, Ballesteros and Free Zone have been scratched, with ten still set to go to post.