Heavy rain leads to non-runners across Britain
Heavy rain overnight has resulted in a host of non-runners across the six British meetings on Friday.
There are a total of 11 non-runners at Newmarket, 16 at Newbury and eight at York, where Clever Cookie bids to make history on the final day of the Dante meeting at York – and the ground has come right for him.
He took the Betway Yorkshire Cup last year and a repeat victory would make him only the second dual winner of the race after the legendary Ardross in 1981 and 1982.
The Peter Niven-trained stayer is a mudlark and the ground remains very much on the soft side at York after more rain overnight.
But the testing ground has caused Tom Dascombe to withdraw leading fancy Formidable Kitt from the opening Marygate Stakes for two-year-olds.
After four withdrawals, a field of 11 is set to go to post for the feature 6f handicap at Newbury while Sir Mark Prescott's Cartwright bids for a sixth win in seven starts in the 1m6f handicap at Newmarket.
This evening's highlight is the Braveheart Handicap at Hamilton, for which Red Cadeaux's half-brother Amazing Red makes the 360-mile journey up from Newmarket.
York Soft, good to soft in places. The course had 4mm of rain overnight and rain was continuing to fall on Friday morning.
Clerk of the course William Derby said: "The good to soft parts are from the 9f pole to the entrance to the home straight.
"The forecast is for the rain to linger until this afternoon so it will be predominantly soft ground."
Newbury Soft, Good to Soft in places (from Good to Soft, Soft in places)
Hamilton Good to Firm, Good in places (from Good, Good to Firm in places)
Newmarket Soft (from Good to Soft)
Today's key races
York 2.20 Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies' Stakes (Listed)
Newbury 2.35 Starlight Handicap
York 2.55 Longines Irish Champions Weekend Fillies' Stakes (Listed)
York 3.30 Betway Yorkshire Cup (Group 2)
York 4.05 Betway Jorvik Handicap
Key non runners
Newbury 2.35 4 Stellarta, 7 Dougan, 10 Mazzini, 15 Plucky Dip; 3.05 1 Mazaaher, 10 Victor's Bet, 14 Ma Peek, 18 Party Royal, 19 Hallingham, 20 Ring Eye; 3.40 5 Innstigator; 4.15 Linaltaqy; 4.45 9 Atkinson Grimshaw; 5.20 2 Camakasi, 11 Classic Mission, 15 Frantical
Newmarket 1.40 8 Socrates; 2.10 2 Daimochi, 4 Love Power; 2.45 1 Song Of Shadows, 2 War Whisper, 5 Honiara, 6 Fashaak, 10 Scribner Creek, 11 Until Midnight; 4.55 Calvados Spirit, 5 Red Tea
York 2.20 6 Formidable Kitt; 2.55 1 Baileys Showgirl, 6 Princess De Lune; 4.05 1 Fidaawy; 4.35 2 Lavetta; 5.05 2 Dakota Gold, 6 Tahoo, 10 Harome
Key market movers
Newbury 1.30 See The Master 11-4 from 11-2
Newmarket 3.55 Saigon City 3-1 from 13-2; 5.30 Secret Missile 7-1 from 25-1
Hamilton 8.05 Sharp Defence 9-4 from 3-1
Newcastle 8.50 Mio Ragazzo 5-2 from 10-1