Haydock braced for more rain

Haydock could start their two-day meeting tomorrow with heavy in the going description should the anticipated rain fall overnight.

The ground at the Merseyside venue was soft on Thursday afternoon but as much as 12 millimetres of rain was forecast before the morning.

Should that be the case then clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright expects conditions to have deteriorated slightly ahead of Friday's card.

However, the weather should be dry for Saturday's programme that features the Betfair Chase as well as the unveiling of a life-size statue of Kauto Star earlier on. The four-times winner of the day's highlight will be in attendance and lead the runners out on to the course.

"It entirely depends what happens in the next 12 hours. We started dry today but the rain did begin to come late afternoon and we might get as much as 12 millimetres," said Tellwright.

"If we do get that much I guess the word heavy will be mentioned in the going description.

"We will just have to see what the morning brings.

"Tomorrow we have been told to expect three millimetres of rain, then it's dry on Saturday."