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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Ground set to dry out for Derby day with high temperatures forecast

Ladies' day on the Downs at Epsom on Friday
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Epsom clerk of the course Andrew Cooper changed the going to good to soft, soft in places – from soft, good to soft in places – on Friday evening following a dry Oaks day.

The forecast suggests it will be dry overnight and on Derby day, with temperatures set to peak at 23C.

Cooper, prior to heading out to walk the course after racing, said: “It will have dried a bit today and it looks it will do so again tomorrow with the forecast. I would anticipate an improvement in the going.”

Runners congregated on the stands’ side throughout Friday but Cooper expects jockeys to stick towards the fresh ground on the far-side rail on Saturday.

He said: “I wasn’t sure the jockeys would head to the stands’ side today but once they got into that groove then the die was cast for the day.

“On soft ground at this track, that is certainly a tried and tested route, and once you got over to the rail you were on ground that was a degree sounder than lower down.

"I don’t think the middle to inner has been truly tested yet and with the track opening up to a full width in drying conditions, I would be very surprised if they don’t stay far side tomorrow."

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It will have dried a bit today and it looks it will do so again tomorrow. I would anticipate an improvement in the going

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