• Aintree going is now soft after a full day of rain on Thursday

    After unrelenting rain and drizzle on the opening day of the 2019 Grand National Festival, the ground was described as ‘proper soft’, however a drier forecast has been predicted for the remaining two days of the meeting.

    The going was soft all over by the end of the third race on Day One, however Aintree’s clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch made it clear that the surface was holding up well with promise of fresh ground ahead of Ladies’ Day.

    Following the racing on Day One of the festival, Tulloch said: “The forecast wasn’t quite right and we got spiralling showers which then rotated around us all day. But the ground has held up really well.

    “It’s proper soft ground at the moment, but that, hopefully, should be nearly the last of the rain. There may be a few showers around but it should be a lot drier for the rest of the meeting.

    “That means the going will be on the easier side, certainly through tomorrow, and we’ll just have to see what Saturday brings for Grand National day.

    “We’re on fresh ground tomorrow. All the rail will be moved in tonight – a good four yards on all the bends.”