Ground good to soft and drying for final day at Royal Ascot

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Ascot: conditions could change on the straight course on Saturday

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THE final day of racing at Royal Ascot will take place on drying ground with clerk of the course Chris Stickels not ruling out changing the going on the straight course from its description of good to soft.

After 0.5mm of rain on Friday night, the going at Ascot was changed to good to soft all over (from good to soft, soft in places on the round course) and a dry day is forecast at the course.

Speaking after 7am on Saturday, Stickels said: “It is good to soft here and we’ve been dry since a little bit of rain on Friday night. We may see a further change to the going on the straight course later to reflect the drying conditions.”

There are three non-runners for day five at Royal Ascot: Walter Raleigh (2.30), Jungle Cat (4.20) and George Dryden (5.00).

Racing will also take place at Haydock on Saturday after the course passed a morning inspection.

Officials had called a 7am check after significant rain, but the track was deemed fit for racing and the action will take place on soft going. 


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