Some further showers are forecast for Ascot on Thursday afternoon
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
ASCOT clerk of the course Chris Stickels reported on Thursday that the ground remains soft ahead of the third day of the Royal meeting following a dry night.
Stickels told the Racing Post: “It’s still soft. I’ve had a walk of the whole track this morning and it feels much as it was.”
Stickels added: “We’ve got quite a few races on the round course today and so we’ve opened up some fresh ground between the 1m4f start and the 1m2f start.”
The weather at Ascot has been changeable all week and Stickels was reluctant to make predictions about what the elements would provide over the next three days.
“It’s been particularly difficult to tell,” he said. “We’re forecast showers, some thundery, and as I speak it looks as though we could get one any minute, but we might get lucky.”
For once, the prospect of soft ground is not likely to scare connections of many of the runners in the day’s big race. Gold Cup favourite Order Of St George has won by convincing margins on his last four starts on ground ranging from soft to good to firm.
Second-favourite Max Dynamite has plenty of experience of soft-ground hurdle races, so should be unaffected, while Yorkshire Cup winner Clever Cookie famously revels in the mud.
As of 8.00, there was only one non-runner on the card for day three. Southdown Lad was taken out of the day’s last race, the King George V, due to an infected foot.
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