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York's Ebor meeting starts on sound surface

Updated: Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 17:25 | Comments

Racing at York gets underway at 2pm on Wednesday
Racing at York gets underway at 2pm on Wednesday

William Derby is delighted with the condition of the ground at York ahead of the Ebor meeting, which kicks off on Wednesday.

Derby, who is the track's chief executive and clerk of the course, expects to begin the four-day festival on good to firm ground and is excited about the possibility of hosting the penultimate race of Frankel's career.

"We've been dry overnight, we're good to firm ground and we're all set for what looks to be a fantastic four days racing," Derby told At The Races.

"Last night we applied three millimetres of irrigation, as we did on Sunday night, so six millimetres in total. We've been dry, we've missed all the local showers.

"It's good to firm ground, it's quick ground. Looking at the forecast for the week ahead, it looks largely dry today and it's a similar picture on Wednesday with the chance of a thundery shower.

"Thursday looks dry as well but Friday and Saturday look wetter with the possibility of showers and light rain towards the end of the week.

"If we hadn't irrigated it would have been firm ground so we're in a good position.

"There's the possibility of a shower at 8pm this evening and we'll wait until they've passed before deciding whether to irrigate again to replace the moisture lost in the atmosphere today, because we are bang where we want to be to start the meeting.

"To have the world's best racehorse run in the most valuable race we've ever staged is a very exciting prospect and we are equally excited about the race itself.

"It's very interesting with a competitive set of opponents - St Nicholas Abbey has won four Group Ones including a Breeders' Cup Turf and two Coronation Cups."

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