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Going is soft for Newmarket’s Cesarewitch card on Saturday as rain eases off

Weather Update for Newmarket’s Cesarewitch Card

The highly anticipated Cesarewitch card at Newmarket is set to unfold on a soft ground due to recent rainfall. Despite significant showers on Friday evening, the weather has taken a turn for the better just in time for the horse races.

The Prestigious Races on Cesarewitch Card

The Cesarewitch Handicap, boasting a grand prize of £200,000, is a key highlight of this exciting card. Another prestigious race to look forward to is the Group 1 Native Trail’s Dewhurst Stakes, led by the undefeated City Of Troy.

 Optimism Amidst Possible Showers

While intermittent showers remain a possibility, the forecast is generally favorable after nearly 48 hours of dry weather. Clerk of the course, Michael Prosser, is optimistic about the track conditions and commends its ability to handle the rain effectively.

Ground Conditions at Chepstow’s Jump Season Opener

Over at Chepstow, the ground is also soft, marking the second day of their opening meeting for the jump season. Rainfall during yesterday’s racing resulted in a shift from good to soft ground, affecting the hurdles course.

Impact on Race Participants

The change in ground conditions at Chepstow has led to a number of non-runners, with the ground being a deciding factor for their absence in the races.

Notable Non-Runners

Here are the notable non-runners for the day, affected by the ground conditions at both Newmarket and Chepstow:


  • 2:40 Race: Aztec Empire
  • 3:15 Race: Meribella
  • 4:25 Race: Watcha Matey, Strong Request, City House, Action Plan


  • 1:55 Race: Liari, Whispering Royal
  • 2:30 Race: Threeunderthrufive, Courtland, Certainly Red, Brief Times, Switch Hitter, Hidden Heroics, Manothepeople
  • 3:10 Race: Bourbali
  • 3:40 Race: Flic Ou Voyou, Our Jet
  • 4:15 Race: Lallygag, Boombawn, Galahad Threepwood
  • 4:50 Race: Afadil, Chaos Control, Planet Legend
  • 5:22 Race: Don Occhetti, Albie Littlewood


  • 1:15 Race: Almarada Prince, Sketch
  • 1:50 Race: Game Management
  • 3:05 Race: Nabilov, Winston’s Tipple
  • 3:35 Race: Believe In Stars
  • 4:10 Race: Glasses Up
  • 4:45 Race: Cap Francais

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