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After a prolonged period of sunshine – by English standards – the rain arrived just in time for the two-day Derby Festival at Epsom Downs.
A sodden May was replaced by glorious sunshine in June to ensure Epsom’s iconic track would be in peak condition for the latest of the English Classics.
But Friday’s showers dramatically affected the going at Epsom Downs on Oaks Day.
Nearly 12mm of rain soaked the track which prompted a change of going from Good, Good to Firm (in places) to Good to Soft after the first race which was won by Oscula.
The latest ground report conducted on Saturday morning has the going at Good to Soft although clerk of the course Andrew Cooper believes conditions could improve thanks to favourable weather.
Cooper said: “Things remain Good to Soft but it’s certainly no easier than that and I would not be surprised if things did improve as the day wears on.
“It was still drizzling here at six o’clock yesterday evening so it really did take a long time to clear. It produced just under 12mm of rain but the conditions were dry overnight.
“The mist covering us this morning has now cleared and it is still overcast this morning but the forecast is for things to brighten up as the day goes on. I think the weather outlook today is really pleasant, getting up to around 23C.”
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