Goodwood ground good

An early deluge has not caused the ground at Goodwood to deteriorate further than officially good ahead of the start of the Glorious meeting tomorrow.

Seamus Buckley, the clerk of the course, said yesterday: “I am very happy with the condition of the track and the rain we have had today means there is no jar in the ground. I will look again in the morning to see if we need to water any more before the meeting starts tomorrow.”

Five Ladbrokes St Leger entries will go on trial for Doncaster in the Bet365 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood tomorrow.

They are headed by Michelangelo, who represents four-time Leger winner John Gosden.

Michelangelo faces stern opposition by way of Frankel’s younger brother Noble Mission, who was second to stablemate Thomas Chippendale at Royal Ascot.

Queen’s Vase third Ed De Gas, Godolphin’s lightly-raced Encke and Minimise Risk have entries in the Leger, while Farhaan and Peter Schiergen’s German raider Girolamo provide some added interest.

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