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Curragh to hold precautionary inspection

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Saturday's meeting at the Curragh is in jeopardy following officials’ decision to hold a precautionary inspection at 7 a.m. on Friday. Rainfall has landed on the track right before the Darley Irish Oaks horse races.

Racecourse manager Paul Hensey will make a decision on Friday on whether the meeting will continue. Saturday's main event is the Group 3 Kare Race Day Minstrel Stakes which could be moved to Sunday if weather conditions do not improve. The O´Briens Wines Handicap is currently scheduled for Sunday.

“I walked the track with clerk of the course Brendan Sheridan and we had a further 7.2 millimetres of rain overnight and early morning,” Hensey told “We've taken the precaution of calling an inspection ahead of Saturday's meeting in case we get any further heavy rain.”

Also on Saturday, a highly anticipated showdown takes place in the King George at Ascot. Many racing tipsters are suggesting that this year's King George boasts one of the strongest fields in the history of the race.

Three runners currently have Timeform ratings of 130 or higher. Competing are current winners of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, King George VI, Eclipse, Coronation Cup, Breeders' Cup Turf, Hong Kong Vase, St Leger, and Japanese Derby.