This work is usually carried out in April, but this year, because of Covid-19, poor weather conditions (extremely low rainfall, wind) and the addition of extra race meetings that were moved from the ParisLongchamp racecourse (which was in the red zone and hence not allowed to operate) to Deauville, meant that these renovations had to be carried out at a later date.
“In view of the delay in carrying out the renovations of the grass cover and the narrow time window following that renovation, some of these turf works will still be visible on 12 July for the Qatar Prix Jean Prat meeting. However, the racing surface will still be consistent, and the course will not be affected” explains Matthieu Vincent, director of France Galop racecourses and training centres.
The official ground at Deauville on Sunday, 12 July for the Qatar Prix Jean Prat meeting (9 race card) is expected to be good, with a reading of 3,2 (penetrometer).
There is no significant rainfall expected between now and Sunday. Depending on the weather forecast, Friday evening we will put between 4 and 5mm of water on the track.
Weather forecast for Sunday, 12 July: sunny and temperatures of 22°C.
Height of grass cover: 12 cm