Worcester water woes continue

Fergus Cameron and his team and Worcester racecourse will be glad to see the back of July. It’s been an awful month for them.

Two weeks ago the course was at the centre of a protest from trainers over low prize money. Charlie Mann organised a mass withdrawal, which led to a walkover in the last race of the evening. Last Wednesday, prolonged heavy rain meant they had to abandon the day’s racing. Now, after just three long days of sunshine they have had to get the hosepipes out in order to ensure the ground isn’t too firm for racing.

On Monday, going conditions ranged from soft on the Cathedral bend to good to firm in the back straight. What do you do in those circumstances? Clerk of the course Fergus Cameron explained his decision to water parts of the track to BBC Hereford and Worcester. He said, “There’s a lot of moisture under the surface, but as the moisture leaves, so the ground tends to tighten up. All we’re doing is putting some of that moisture back into the ground to ensure the going is as good as it can be.”

It seems he has done a good job, as there are 94 horses declared for tomorrow’s card, and one of the races has had to be divided.

It isn’t the last meeting this month at Worcester. Next Tuesday there’s a meeting that forms part of the annual Pershore Plum Festival. What can go wrong then? It wouldn’t surprise me to hear in the next week that the weather has played havoc with the plum harvest and that’s failed this year. That’s the kind of luck Worcester’s had this month.

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