Soft going at Haydock as rain continues to fall
Limato has drifted in the market after news of the going change
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Haydock going soft as rain continues to fall By David Carr 2:00pM 3 SEP 2016
THE anticipated wet weather duly arrived at Haydock on Saturday morning and the rain has continued to fall, leading to a further deterioration in the going to soft from good to soft.
After walking the course at noon, clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: "We've had 4mm of rain since 9.30 this morning and we've changed the going to good to soft. The rain has eased off slightly but we expect it to come and go through the afternoon."
The going was changed again to soft, however, after the first race, which was run in driving rain.
Racing Post reporter David Carr spoke to Jamie Spencer, Chris Hayes, Adam McNamara, Tony Hamilton, Andrea Atzeni and Andrew Elliott following the first race at Haydock and all the jockeys independently called the going soft.
Sprint Cup impact
The issue of the weather has featured prominently in the build up to the Group 1 32Red Sprint Cup, with trainer Henry Candy and owner Paul Jacobs saying going on the softer side of good could lead to the withdrawal of favourite Limato.
Limato has eased to 11-4 (from 2) with concerns about the going, while Quiet Reflection is into 5-1 (from 11-2) and Dancing Star into 7-1 (from 8).
Divine and Sole Power have been declared a non-runner on account of the going.