Soft in places on Ascot round course after downpour

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Ascot: conditions are on the soft side after a thunderstorm on Friday

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THE going at Ascot has eased significantly ahead of next week’s Royal meeting after the track was hit by half a month’s rainfall in an hour on Friday evening.

A thunderstorm saw 20mm of rain fall, prompting the going on the straight course to ease to good to soft, while it is good to soft, soft in places on the round course.

Speaking on Saturday morning, clerk of the course Chris Stickels said: “We had a thunderstorm yesterday evening and 20mm of rain fell in about an hour between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

“The average rainfall for the month at this time of year would be approximately 40mm.”

Despite the deluge, Stickels is pleased with how the course is looking and has not ruled out the possibility of a slight improvement in conditions before the meeting starts on Tuesday, though that is dependent on the course missing showers which are forecast for the area.

“The track has taken the rain well and is in excellent condition,” Stickels added. “Showers can be hit and miss so there is some chance of improvement.”


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