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Kempton relaxed over rain fears

Kempton clerk of the course Barney Clifford is confident next week's William King George meeting will go ahead.

Kempton clerk of the course Barney Clifford is confident next week's William King George meeting will beat the elements and go ahead as scheduled.

With rain sweeping the country on the run-up to the Festive period, racecourses across the land are doing their utmost to ensure racing goes ahead at a traditionally busy time of the year.

Kempton takes its usual place at centre stage on Boxing Day, with the King George VI Chase the highlight of a superb two-day meeting.

Although Clifford is anticipating demanding conditions, he has no worries about the meeting going ahead at this stage.

"We are soft ground," Clifford told Racing UK.

"It has handled 23 millimetres in the last 24 hours exceptionally well.

"It will improve, but I don't think it will ever improve from being soft.

"Kempton is a free-draining track so we are in a good place to take this quantity of rain."

The Sunbury circuit is expecting a dry day on Friday, but there could be up to 15 millimetres of rainfall on Saturday.

Forecasts suggest the weather will remain unsettled with some showers from Sunday onwards.