Dry day expected at Ascot

  • Last Updated: October 20 2012, 10:21 BST

The going at Ascot remains soft, heavy in places as connections monitor conditions for Frankel ahead of the QIPCO Champion Stakes.

Lord Grimthorpe: Will walk the course at Ascot

Clerk of the course Chris Stickels reported on Saturday morning: "We have been dry since 7.30pm last night and there were six millimetres of rain yesterday. It turned a bit wet during the afternoon.

"Given a dry day, by this afternoon it will be a soft surface but it won't be a bad racing surface. It has been a bit of a frustrating week - it kept raining on and off and the forecasts have been changing.

"We are now fairly happy although a little bit softer than we would ideally like. One always wants a decent, safe, racing surface - there's always that pressure regardless of Frankel. We want him to run, we have a sell-out crowd.

"The forecast is for dry weather today - there is the risk of an isolated shower - but there could be sunny spells and it should be a sunny afternoon."

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Frankel's owner Prince Khalid Abdulla told the BBC on Saturday morning: "We will walk the course (between 1030 and 1100) and I would think if it is still of concern then we would look and see how the first few races pan out, how the horses are finishing and how dangerous or not it may be.

"We will then have a good consult with Prince Khalid and Henry Cecil and make a decision - but the intention is to run if we can."

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