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Epsom going turns good to soft following 15mm of rain

Andrew Cooper: pleased to see some rain fall on Epsom Downs
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The band of rain that swept across south-east England on Sunday evening deposited more than half an inch of rain on Epsom, where the Derby meeting begins on Friday.

Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper reported on Monday morning: "We've just been out for a walk on the course and if we were racing today I'd call it good to soft.

"The rain started about 4pm yesterday and got heaviest between around midnight and 2pm. It has softened the ground quite a bit, but we were pretty quick before that."

Nearby Windsor, where racing takes place on Monday, reported little more than half the amount (8.7mm) of rain Epsom received on Sunday, but Cooper had no concerns about getting the worst of the weather.

"I was pleased to get the rain, it was fairly timely," he said. "I was starting to get a bit twitchy yesterday. We were calling it good to firm, but it wasn't too far off being firm."

The Oaks takes place on day one of the Derby meeting on Friday and Cooper suggested that the weather is likely to be more settled in the days leading up to racing.

"We might get a few more showers today, according to the forecast, but we're due to be dry Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," he said. "We might get a bit more rain on Friday night into Saturday."

I was pleased to get the rain, it was fairly timely
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