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Epsom team on weather watch

Andrew Cooper is not ruling out the prospect of watering ahead of this week's Investec Derby - should the forecast rain fail to materialise.

Following a dry weekend on the Downs the going is on the soft side of good, but that could ease in the coming days, with significant rainfall a possibility for Wednesday.

However, with the forecast uncertain, Epsom's clerk of the course Cooper believes it would be unwise to completely dismiss the chances of turning on the taps ahead of Investec Oaks day on Friday.

Cooper told At The Races: "I don't think you can have absolute confidence in what's going to happen rain-wise this week. It does increasingly look as though Wednesday will be the key day in terms of likelihood of rainfall. It could be a five to 10 millimetre day.

"The week as a whole remains unsettled. I don't think we'll see much rain today, but there could be showers around Tuesday, Thursday looks dry and Friday is a bit of a mixed bag.

"I think we are heading towards good, good to soft in places ground. We've been dry here since Wednesday of last week and we're gradually drying out.

"With the ground conditions as they are, with what is forecast up to and including Wednesday, we certainly won't be doing anything (watering) before then.

"If Wednesday misses us altogether, I think we'd only be doing our job if we took stock of where we are on Thursday morning and see if anything was necessary or appropriate.

"Our ultimate going aim for this meeting is to not run the Derby on ground that's quicker than good to firm."