Sangster piles on the praise for Chester's carpet

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While Chester's going was praised by Robert Sangster, the part owner of High Baroque was scathing about ground conditions at Newmarket.

"Nick Lees [Newmarket's clerk] should come to Chester and look at the ground. It is superb, like a carpet," Sangster said. "I'm running 16 in the North and had nothing at Newmarket and the ground is the main reason. We jarred a lot of horses up at the Craven meeting. Very few horses have run well since that meeting."

The ground also provoked discontent at Newton Abbot yesterday where Nicky Henderson said: "It's firm and then you take three strides and you fall in a hole where it's almost bottomless." Henrietta Knight described it as: "The worst ground we've seen all season. It's very rough and bare down the far side and the home straight is firm with boggy patches."