With the rains now falling at Catterick, and the following below in this mornings Racing Post, I’ve made a decision to to post anything in this section or Trainer Watch, because I have no idea how we’ll look come off time of any race right now.
“A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for localised, torrential rain in London and much of the south-east this afternoon, leaving officials at Epsom hopeful it skirts the course.
The ground is described as good but up to 30mm of rain could fall in an hour in a brew featuring thunder, lightning and hail. The warning is from 1pm, an hour before today’s opening race, until 11pm. The Investec Oaks is at 4.30pm.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Very warm, humid air coming up from France brings the threat of thunderstorms which have the potential to give 25-30mm of rain an hour. Most places will miss the worst but it could lead to localised surface water flooding. There could be frequent lightning and hail.”
Andrew Cooper, Epsom clerk of the course, was last night hoping the rain would stay east of them on a humid day when the temperature is forecast to reach 24C.
He said: “We’ve seen the warning and there is not much we can do about it. It could be right, it could be wrong. We can only watch.”
If I were to advise you consider betting any horse right now, I’d be doing so based on guesswork and that’s something banned at Post Racing!