All the latest as Brighton and Newbury turn good to soft after heavy rain
Another Brighton and another record attempt from the popular grey Roy Rocket who has a fifth go this year at winning his tenth race at the seaside track.
He is reunited with amateur Ross Birkett as they bid to repeat last year's roaring success in the race, albeit the ground changing to good to soft (from good to firm) after overnight rain is not ideal.
That is one of the possible stories from four meetings from Brighton and Beverley on the Flat in the afternoon to evening meetings at Newbury and Newton Abbot, the only jumping fixture.
The Devon track hosts the race of the day with the St Austell Brewery Handicap Chase (6.50) featuring two 149-rated chasers in Romain de Senam and Sizing Codelco.
Beverley (first race at 2.05)
Good (GoingStick 6.3)
Distances - Races 1-6: +7yds
Good to soft
Good to soft (GoingStick 7.0)
Newton Abbot (5.45)
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick 6.4)
5.15 Brighton: Pearl Spectre into 9-1 (from 11)
6.05 Newbury: The Blue Bower into 4-1 (from 8)
8.15 Newbury: Eligible into 3-1 (from 4)
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