The going for day two of the Moët & Chandon July Festival remained Good to Firm. Unlike after racing yesterday, there will be no watering this evening with the weather forecast predicting that some rain is likely to fall on the July Course.
Michael Prosser, The Jockey Club’s Racing Director, East Region, and Newmarket’s Clerk of the Course, said: “The ground today has pretty much been bang on, like yesterday, following the three millimetres of irrigation we did post-racing on Thursday.
“We’re not going to water tonight as there is a chance of a thundery shower – particularly for the next three hours.
“We’ve called the meteorologists we use (Weatherquest) and they’ve informed us that for the moment Newmarket is sat in a trough and that is the reason the thunderstorms are developing to the west of us and, most importantly, there are some pretty meaty thunderstorms not far away to the east of us - all the way to Norwich which is experiencing very heavy rainfall at the moment.
“The timeframe for the risk is up until 9pm for us, but apart from that there is also a front that moves through in the morning, bringing a millimetre or so of drizzly rain, so we will not be irrigating.”