Guineas ground turns to soft

The prospect of having soft ground for the 2000 and 1000 Guineas at Newmarket this weekend is becoming even more likely as the countdown to the opening classics continue.

Non stop rain across England means that the 2000 Guineas will be run on the slowest surface since 1998.

Meteorologist John Kettley, who advises tracks like Newmarket, feels that there is a slim chance of having good ground at the weekend as more rain is due.

“It’s been an unusually wet April,” said Kettley. “I still think it will be on the soft side of good. There is too much potential for rain. There is potential for rain in showery form and it’s difficult to imagine it will dry out an awful lot. It’s pretty soft at the moment.

“Newmarket does drain really well and you’d anticipate it would still be on the slow side for Saturday. The potential is still for something like 8mm to come.”

The prospect of soft conditions mean that a number of high profile horses may not line up for the 2000 Guineas. Jox Oxx, trainer of Sea The Stars brother Born to Sea, has said that his colt ‘wouldn’t want a slog.”

While Jim Bolger, trainer of Dewhust winner Parish Hall has said ” I think he’ll give a very good account of himself. But if it comes up soft he won’t run.”


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