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Curragh passes test

A RARE dry day at the Curragh racecourse was very much welcomed yesterday and thankfully the racecourse this morning passed its 7am precautionary inspection ahead of it's Darley Irish Oaks weekend fixture.

Sunday's Irish Oaks is the penultimate Classic of the season and after some incredible levels of rainfall at headquarters, the opening day of the meeting was called into some doubt when the inspection was called yesterday afternoon.

Racecourse manager Paul Hensey revealed: "The ground remains heavy after 7.2mm of rain since midday on Wednesday but the forecast looks better for the next few days.


"The 2012 monthly rainfall figures at the Curragh were 21.2mm in March, 88.7mm in April, 47.6mm in May, 170.5mm in June and so far in July we have had 85mm. The average for June is 65mm and we had 170.5mm, while the average for July is 73mm."