Musselburgh set for Sunday

Officials at Musselburgh have no concerns ahead of their Cheltenham Festival Trials Day on Sunday.

There are not many courses in Britain and Ireland without the word heavy in their going description at present but Musselburgh is one ahead of its Cheltenham Festival Trials Day on Sunday.

The going is currently good to soft at the Edinburgh venue and while that may ease before raceday, the meeting is not in any doubt.

Clerk of the course Harriet Graham said: "We have no worries at present.

"The going is good to soft and while it is damp today it is supposed to be dry and cold tomorrow.

"On Friday a band of rain is coming, but the Met Office says we are pretty sheltered and could get between two to eight millimetres. Obviously the ground would ease if we got the upper end of that but then on Saturday it will be cold and windy.

"Believe it or not on Sunday there should be some sunshine. It won't be toasty warm, but it is positive nonetheless.

"I spoke to NIcky Henderson and Paul Nicholls on Monday and they both want to have runners, but obviously it depends on the ground - they want a decent surface if they are coming up.

"So, hopefully we don't get too much rain on Friday but Musselburgh is one of the best draining courses and our all-weather bend really helps. We've also go a lot of fresh ground to use."