Watering gets underway at Ascot

  • By: Will Hayler, Ascot
  • Last Updated: June 21 2013, 14:00 BST

Minutes after the final horses had passed the winning post in the the closing contest on Ladies' Day, watering began at Ascot after showers in the south of England missed the course.

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Clerk of the course Chris Stickels had warned that he might water the track if no rain arrived and times were fast throughout the day, confirming an official going of good to firm, however Timeform's chief reporter Martin Dixon reckoned that the going was even faster.

"On the Timeform scale, I'd say it was firm ground," he said. "As well as No Nay Never's record time, Roca Tomu clocked a particularly quick time in the Britannia."

Irrigation began on the straight course, with Stickels saying that 4mm would be applied across the whole track.

"We've had three nice days, and while we expected rain it didn't come, which happens sometimes," he said. "Sometimes you are on a hiding to nothing.

"There is a risk of a thundery shower tonight, but tomorrow by mid-morning the risk diminishes and the afternoon should be pleasant, warm and sunny. There is a faint risk of a shower then and a slightly higher risk on Saturday, but they've been predicting rain all week and it hasn't arrived.

"We're also dropping the rail from about nine furlongs out tonight. It's a false rail from there to the home bend so that will come down and runners will have use of the full width of the track on the round course."

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