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Curragh to proceed after inspection

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The Darley Irish Oaks meeting at the Curragh on Sunday will go ahead as scheduled. The horse race had gotten in trouble after recent wet weather but racecourse officials gave the go-ahead on Friday after a morning inspection. Rainfall has landed at Curragh the last few days but officials determined that ground conditions should be suitable for this weekend’s meeting.

General manager Paul Hensey said: “We've just finished the inspection and the track is fit for racing and the meeting will go ahead as scheduled. The ground is heavy but the forecast is favourable over the next couple of days. We are expecting little or no rain and temperatures of 22 or 23 degrees.”

Met Office is predicting that the weather throughout many parts of England should lighten up by Saturday. According to its website, Saturday’s conditions should be “a fine, dry day for most, with light winds and lengthy sunny spells. Only isolated light showers developing inland. Blustery rain moving into northwest Scotland after dark.”

That forecast should also bode well for the highly anticipated showdown in the King George Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, where racing tipsters and punters will see over a half dozen elite Group 1 runners competing on the track.