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Curragh general manager Paul Hensey is wary about potential rain on Thursday ahead of this weekend's meeting, featuring the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Hensey is happy with how the course has coped with the recent downpours, and is hopeful that the track can avoid further deluges before the big race on Saturday evening.

He said on Monday: "We had a nice, dry day yesterday and again today and I walked the course this morning and was pleasantly surprised how well the track has taken all the rain we've had recently. It's yielding to soft at the moment, but I'd expect it to have dried to yielding by the end of the day.

"We'll be watching the forecast closely for the end of the week. We might have light showers on Wednesday but the key day is Thursday when there is a band of rain moving across and we'll have to see if we get it.

"The rest of the forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday then looks good."

The Derby is being held in the evening for the first time, with the big race itself due off at 7.40pm.

Hensey said: "We did extensive promotion on pre-sales and corporate hospitality sold out a month ago, so much so that we created some extra facilities.

"So it's very positive from that end of things and advanced ticket sales are well up, but we won't know how we do in terms of crowd until the day itself."

PA