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Ascot races: No inspection planned despite going change and more heavy rain forecast ahead of weekend racing

THE hot tip at Ascot this weekend is to bring an umbrella.

However Chris Stickels, Clerk Of The Course, has no concerns about any racing being lost and has no plans to call an inspection.

More rain is forecast from Thursday through to Saturday

After half an inch of rain over Wednesday night, the going was changed to Heavy, Soft in places on Thursday morning.

Racing gets underway tomorrow at the Berkshire track, with Paisley Park taking centre stage in the Marsh Hurdle on Saturday.

Stickels said on Thursday morning: “We changed the going this morning after we got 11mm last night, that’s half an inch, and we’ve had 20mm since Sunday.

“It’s now Heavy, Soft in places all over and we are predicting further heavy showers today.

“It’s been dry since about 5.30am, but with more showers across Friday and Saturday it’s not going to get any better, put it that way.

“I’ve not got any concerns with the course though and there won’t be an inspection, there’s no part of it I’m worried about.”

Friday’s action sees two Grade 2s, with great Northern hope Ribble Valley looking to dent some more reputations for Nicky Richards in the Kennel Gate.


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