Goodwood Racecourse’s Clerk of the Course, Ed Arkell, discussed ground conditions ahead of day one of the 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival.
The official going for day one of the five-day meeting is Good, Good to Firm in places, from Good (watered).
Arkell, speaking at 9.30am this morning said: “We are very pleased with the state of the track. It has dried back a little bit overnight with the wind, so we are now good, good to firm in places. The GoingStick reading is 7.8.
“It is forecast to be quite windy today and then there are scattered showers, potentially heavy at times, right through from now until around 5:00/6:00pm this evening.
“We had a nice drop of rain on Friday night into Saturday (seven millimetres). The team has been working really hard, we have done a lot of watering and we are really pleased with how the track looks.
“It is meant to be dry and sunny after tonight. Temperatures are gently rising throughout the week and we could get up to around the mid 20s throughout the week.
“The top and bottom bends and full length of the straight are dolled out for the first two days. Fresh ground will be provided on the straight from Thursday onwards and Friday onwards on the top and bottom bends.
“I am very much looking forward to seeing Stradivarius in the Qatar Goodwood Cup today. It is brilliant to have a superstar like him on show. It will be fascinating to see how the Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter performs against him, along with Dee Ex Bee and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Southern France – it is sure to be a great race.”
The going for the first day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival has changed this morning to
Good, Good to Firm in places
from Good watered, but rain is expected.
7.8 at 8:30am
7.5 yesterday at 9:30am
Straight Course; Stands’ Side
Round Course; 1m3f & 1m4f Outside,
The top and bottom bends and full length of the straight are dolled out.
Windy today with scattered showers (two to six millimetres).
Full report from Ed Arkell, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, to follow.
NON-RUNNERS AT 9.30AM
1.50pm UNIBET HANDICAP
no3. MORDIN Vet’s Certificate (Bruised Foot)
3.35pm QATARGOODWOOD CUP
no3. RAA ATOLL Vet’s Certificate (Knocked Joint)
4.10pm EUROPEAN BREEDERS FUND MAIDEN
no9. PHUKET POWER Going