Jack Dexter to sidestep Nunthorpe
Jack Dexter is unlikely to take his chance in Friday's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York unless there is a dramatic change in the weather.
Trainer Jim Goldie has warned he will not run his smart sprinter in the Group One showpiece if the ground is good to firm or quicker and conditions on the Knavesmire are expected to be along those lines all week.
"Unless the forecast changes we're not going to run him. It looks to be that it's going to be good to firm ground and I said I wouldn't run him on that," the Glasgow handler told Racing UK.
"He's in the Sprint Cup at Haydock, but his main aim is the Ayr Gold Cup. I think I'll just wait and go there. If it doesn't rain in Scotland I'll eat my hat!"
York clerk of the course William Derby expects to start the four-day meeting on predominantly good to firm ground.
"It's currently good, good to firm in places and we're not far off switching it round," he said.
"That three-quarters of an inch of rain we had last week is just drying through, so I anticipate on Wednesday we will be predominately good to firm ground all round or slightly on the easier side of good to firm.
"We haven't had to water, we've had quite a lot of moisture in August. We are looking to start the week off on predominately good to firm ground.
"We'll take it day by day and we'd like to maintain good to firm ground. If we need to irrigate through the week to keep it like that, we will do but we don't need to at this stage."