Going at Ascot could change if rain stays away

Ascot royal procession

Sunshine and showers are once again forecast for day four

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

ASCOT clerk of the course Chris Stickels has reported that the going for day four of Royal Ascot could change if the forecast showers stay away until the start of racing.

After reporting drying but “tacky” ground after racing on Thursday, Stickels reported a similar situation on Friday morning.

“We’re still soft at the moment. We had 1.5mm of rain late yesterday evening but it’s been dry since,” he said.

“We’re forecast showers, some of them possibly thundery, but if we miss them I may look at changing the going by the time racing starts. That’s only if we miss the rain,” he stressed.

The intended rail movements to open up fresh ground between 1m1f out and the home bend for the last two days of the meeting took place on Thursday night.

“That means that the distances are as advertised,” Stickels said. “The previous alignments had added a little to races on the round course, but now we’re running on the full width of the track.”

There were no reports of non-runners as of 7.30 on Friday morning. Money Maker had been taken out of the Commonwealth Cup before racing on Thursday due to a temperature.


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