Tricky track conditions at Trentham

With Group One racing on Saturday, Trentham track manager Mark Biddle is praying for the rain to stay away.

The Wellington track is currently rated a Heavy10 and with fine weather forecast ahead of the weekend, Biddle is hoping there will be some improvement in the surface.

“We have got a beautiful, fine day today,” Biddle said on Thursday. “It has been quite warm, and we have had a good breeze, so hopefully that should have helped the track.

“It was rated a Heavy10 this morning and hopefully we might see some improvement. We have still got a few hours of drying, so we will see how it comes up tomorrow.

“The forecast for Friday is looking quite good. Saturday unfortunately is looking like some showers and light rain.

“All we can do is remain positive.”

The Wellington region has experienced a deluge of rain in the last week, capped by a torrential downpour on Monday, which disheartened Biddle ahead of a big weekend of racing.

“We certainly have had our fair share of rain,” he said. “Over Monday night, to get 30-odd mls on ground that had already wetted up a bit was a bit of a kick in the guts.”

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