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Wet weather threatens weekend’s races

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Saturday’s expected rainfall throughout different areas in England is threatening this weekend’s horse races. Notably, trainer Roger Charlton pulled Bated Breath out of the Darley July Cup on Saturday due to soft ground conditions at Newmarket. Bated Breath had been viewed by racing tipsters as the betting favourite heading into the event.

Similarly, Michael Halford will check conditions before clearing Blue Corner for a run in the Value Packages At Fairyhouse Race on Sunday. The trainer is exercising caution on whether the Sheikh Mohammed-owned colt will make his second career start. Blue Corner, the son of Teofilo, is a five-length winner of a 10-furlong maiden at the Curragh on his debut in May.

Saturday evening's meeting at Hamilton will continue as planned. It features the rescheduled John Smith's Scottish Stewards' Cup. Earlier this week, organizers had doubted whether the race would continue but dry weather the past two days have improved ground conditions. Clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski gave the go-ahead after a 7 a.m. inspection.

It seems Saturday might be the last day for rainfall. According to the Met Office, Sunday’s weather will see “mainly dry with sunny spells. Only a few showers, these perhaps merging to give more persistent rain over Scotland. Breezy and feeling rather cool, especially in the north and west.”