The heavy rain which has hit large parts of the country, including heavy bursts as close to Newmarket as Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, had all but missed Newmarket by 5.00pm today.
Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course, said: "Light drizzle today has registered just 0.6mm on the rain gauge and though the local forecasters are still predicting at least some rain between now and 9pm tonight, remarkably it now seems that we have probably missed the worst of it, even though they've had several millimetres just a few miles down the road from here.
"The going remains Good-to-Soft and the forecasters have reiterated that once we get through the evening, we are due to be dry over the next three days with only a small chance of some drizzle on Saturday morning.
"With the heavy morning dews that we get at this time of year, even if we don't get much rain tonight, I would still anticipate that the ground will remain on the easy side of Good for Saturday. We are now eagerly awaiting tomorrow's declarations for Champions' Day with the promise of one of the best day's racing that Newmarket has seen for many years."
NATIONAL STUD STALLIONS PARADE AT NEWMARKET
Six National Stud stallions will parade before racing on Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Day on the NatWest Rowley Mile tomorrow (Thursday, October 12), the first day of the Newmarket's October Meeting.
Bahamian Bounty, a dual Group One winner as a juvenile, and his son, the 2005 European sprint champion, Pastoral Pursuits, will be joined by two St Leger winners, Silver Patriarch and Bollin Eric, high-class miler Passing Glance, and the National Stud's latest recruit Phoenix Reach, a Group One winner in Canada, Hong Kong and Dubai.
"This is a great opportunity for our racegoers to see these well-known horses again and for the National Stud to showcase the important role that it plays in the breeding industry in this country," commented Lisa Hancock, Newmarket's Managing Director. "The parade will start at 12 noon ahead of the first race at 1.30pm, so it's well worth getting here early to see it."
WINSTON AND JOHNSTON STILL TOP THE LISTS IN YORKSHIRE
With just four meetings left on the Flat in Yorkshire this year, the destination of the Sky Bet trophies for the leading trainer and jockey on the Yorkshire racecourses during the 2006 campaign on the Flat, which began at Redcar in March, have almost been decided. Middleham trainer, Mark Johnston, has surely done enough to retain his award, with a tally of 39 winners so far. He is followed by Richard Fahey (34 winners), Kevin Ryan (27), Tim Easterby (23) and Alan Swinbank with 22 winners, all of whom have had very strong seasons with winners both locally, nationally and even on the international stage.
Robert Winston has a strong grip on top spot in the jockey’s category, with 40 winners on the Yorkshire tracks, as he attempts to retain his title. With Catterick hosting the final meeting in Yorkshire on Tuesday, October 31, it will take a phenomenal effort from either Neil Callan (30 winners) or Paul Hanagan on 30 winners to prise the award away from Winston.
The Sky Bet trophies will be presented to the respective winners at the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire Annual Awards Lunch at the end of November – an event also sponsored by Sky Bet.