Bookies Predict 15-8 Odds of Cancellation
The highly anticipated British Champions Day at Ascot is at risk of being called off due to heavy rain. Bookies are giving it a 15-8 chance of cancellation, as the track has already received 24 millimeters of rain in the past few days with more expected.
Inner Track Considered as Alternative
Ascot officials are considering using the inner track, typically reserved for winter racing, in order to ensure the races go ahead. The inner track is currently in better condition than the flat course, which has been heavily affected by the rain. If the going description includes the term "Heavy," all races on the round course will be moved to the inner track.
Decision Expected on Race Day
A final decision on which track will be used is expected to be made on race day. Ascot officials have until 7am to announce their decision. Despite the rain, bookies still believe the meeting will go ahead, with odds of 2-5 in favor of the event taking place as planned.
Potential Rainfall and Concerns
Forecasts predict heavy showers leading up to the event, which could prompt a switch to the inner track. Ascot's Clerk of the Course, Chris Stickels, mentioned the possibility of 16-20mm of rain before Saturday. The first race is scheduled for 1:15pm, and organizers will be hoping that wet weather doesn't spoil Frankie Dettori's farewell to British racing.
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