Ascot goes soft after heavy overnight rain

The ground for day four at Royal Ascot has shifted drastically to soft after heavy rain overnight at the Berkshire track.

A total of 19mm of rain has come down since Thursday’s racing, when the going was declared good to firm, with more expected throughout Friday.

Fast ground on the opening three days of the five-day meeting has seen an apparent advantage for those drawn high in the stalls and running close to the stand’s side rail at Ascot.

Just 2.5mm of rain fell on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, leading to the withdrawal of Hollie Doyle’s Gold Cup ride Trueshan.

Speaking on Friday morning, Ascot’s clerk of the course Chris Stickels said: “The going is now soft following 19mm of rain since late yesterday, but that was to about ten minutes ago so there could be more now.”

Asked about possible further changes to the going, Stickels added: “We’d have to see about that as it depends on how much more rain we are going to get.

“We’re forecast for more rain to continue certainly for the next couple of hours with some lighter spells followed by some heavier rain again. We’ll have to see how it affects the ground.”

Friday’s schedule

  • 2:30: The Albany Stakes (Group 2)
  • 3:05: The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
  • 3:40: The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
  • 4:20: The Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
  • 5:00: The Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)
  • 5:35: The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
  • 6:10: The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap)

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Source : Sky Sports