Prosser happy with HQ ground
Mother Nature is helping to provide perfect ground at Newmarket for the three-day July meeting next week.
After a wet last weekend, no watering has been needed this week and the going was described as good to firm after a sunny day on Friday.
However, rain or showers are expected from Saturday up to the day before the fixture. Should that forecast prove accurate, then clerk of the course Michael Prosser is unlikely to turn on the taps before racing begins on Thursday.
"Friday's been a beautiful day. We are due rain on Saturday, but we may not get much," said Prosser.
"We're forecast light rain from midnight through to dawn, and then we expect some moderate rain through the morning then it becomes more showery and then drier in the afternoon.
"Showers are still around on Sunday through to Wednesday. We should expect to receive some rain at times over those days. After that the weather forecast is looking very settled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"Last weekend we had 20 millimetres of rain from Friday through to Sunday, so we haven't needed to do any irrigation since then.
"The ground is currently good to firm. We are in a good position to take the rain. Ideally, we would have some rain and Mother Nature will do the work for us building up to the fixture itself.
"If the forecast is accurate it may actually pan out that way and we do not need to irrigate at all.
"The course is in fantastic condition. We are on the stands side course which we have not raced on since August last year. It's beautiful fresh ground."
Prosser is delighted with Thursday's entries, with the card potentially oozing quality and quantity.
"We are happy with the entries. I think there is great depth to the whole card," he said.
"We are obviously pleased to have Romsdal (third in the Derby) entered and an intended runner in the Bahrain Trophy and delighted to have 15 entries.
"The July Stakes has got great depth as well. Richard Hannon has got a lot of entries in a race he particularly likes.
"Needless to say we are delighted with the depth to the Princess of Wales's Stakes.
"What is fascinating is the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes. Toormore and Shifting Power have both been entered for the race along with a whole raft of three-year-old milers."