Going drying out at Doncaster

The going at Doncaster has dried out to 'Good to Soft, Good in places' ahead of the start of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting.

The Leger meeting gets underway at Doncaster today.

A total of 14mm of rain fell at Town Moor over the weekend, but conditions have remained dry since then and, combined with warm temperatures, the going continues to dry out ahead of the start of racing action this afternoon.

The going was changed this morning by clerk of the course Roderick Duncan.

He said: "The course is drying out, but not that quickly as conditions have been overcast. The last three furlongs are now near enough good ground, but it's a little bit easier between three and six furlongs out and the round course is still predominately good ground in my opinion.

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"The forecast is for the weather to stay dry for the next three days. There is a chance of rain arriving late on Friday into the early hours of Saturday morning.

"It does drain very well, but at this time of the year, it can be a little more deceptive. We get heavy dews, we haven't had a lot of wind and it doesn't dry out as quickly in July and August."

Railing out on the round course has marginally increased the distance of the sixth race by about three yards.

The starting stalls are on the inside of the course today and that's where Duncan believes the fastest ground could be.

"Anyone who is drawn on the far side and comes too far away from that rail hasn't walked the course," he told At The Races.

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