RACING: Newbury still hopeful over Hennessy meeting

CONDITIONS at Newbury remain reasonably good considering the recent wet spell that has caused waterlogging and even flooding in some parts of the country.

Clerk of the course Richard Osgood left the going unchanged as soft, heavy in places at the Berkshire track on Tuesday afternoon.

While drier weather is forecast for the rest of the week, he is turning his attention to protecting the course from the possibility of overnight frosts for the three-day Sportingbet Winter Festival meeting, culminating in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday.

"We're still the same - soft, heavy in places. We've just had some odd light showers today but it's starting to dry. We've had a nice wind," said Osgood.

"We've covered all take-offs and landings for the weekend plus a little bit down the back straight where it doesn't see the sun that much.

"The forecast looks like we're going to get a frost so that's why I've done that.

"Apart from that, it's all coming good. We've had various people walk the course today and they are all quite happy with how it is."

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