Mark Johnston suggested on his website that the conditions were responsible for some disappointing runs from his horses. "Now, in all weathers, you are as likely to see a horse coming over to the stand rail as you to see one staying on the inside. They are all over the place. Most of us would have expected the extensive drainage York to make the racing surface faster an the times consequently quicker, but excessive watering has resulted in a permanently loose surface and as far as I can see the times are slower."
Derby acknowledged that jockeys had used the full width of the course to try and find faster ground, but suggested that there was no advantage on any particular part of the track. "Our judgement was the ground was consistent from rail to rail and cross strait. I think you will find, looking at the tapes, that horses won on all sides of the track and a centre, so I'm not aware there was any bias."
Responding specifically to Johnston's point about watering Derby said, "the ground was not watered. We got positive feedback from jockeys and people who walked the course. Quite naturally they said it was dead or a bit sticky, but that is what you get when it rains and then dries out. If we had not invested Â£2.5 million in the drainage system that would have meant the ground would have been considerably easier than it was."
Johnston's views were not shared by fellow trainer Richard Fahey who said, "I have never heard so much rubbish in all my life. It was beautiful ground. They had a colossal amount of rain and I thought the drainage worked. It could have been a quagmire with the amount of rain they had and they did a fantastic job."