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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Good, good to firm in places at Epsom following a dry night

Andrew Cooper at Epsom
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Despite the dramatic thunderstorm that provided a remarkable backdrop to Friday's Investec Oaks, the going at Epsom was on Saturday morning changed from good to good, good to firm in places.

Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper reported a dry night and Saturday morning, with only a little less than 1mm of rain having fallen on Friday. 

The rail has been moved back from the mile marker to provide fresh ground and Cooper is not expecting anything like the storms that hit the Surrey venue on Friday, with the forecast predicting a mostly dry day with highs of 20 degrees.

"We were dry overnight and although it looked very dramatic, there was scarcely any rain yesterday," said Cooper. "We've had a drizzly shower early this morning but nothing onerous and the forecast is for a cooler day and nothing appreciable in the way of rain.

"We've opened up a fresh strip of ground from the mile back to the winning post and I think much of that fresh strip would be some of the easier ground.

"I think most of the back straight walks as a decent good to firm and if I had to sum it all up, I'd say it's certainly on the fast side of good and the better side of firm ground. It's probably 50-50 between good and good to firm."

Racing begins at 2.00 on Saturday afternoon, with the feature Group 1 Investec Derby at 4.30.


 

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We've opened up a fresh strip of ground from the mile back to the winning post and I think much of that fresh strip would be some of the easier ground

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