Rain hits Ascot ahead of big meeting

  • Last Updated: December 20 2012, 16:11 GMT

Conditions at Ascot are certain to be testing for the two-day fixture culminating in Saturday's card, featuring the Long Walk Hurdle and The Ladbroke.

Chris Stickels: More rain coming on Saturday
Chris Stickels: More rain coming on Saturday

The going is currently heavy, soft in places, but with further rain forecast, clerk of the course Chris Stickels hasn't ruled out making a further change to that report before tomorrow's meeting.

The course is currently raceable but Stickels could still call a precautionary inspection if necessary.

"We've had 28 millimetres of rain since late yesterday and the going is heavy, soft in places," he told At The Races.

"I think actually it will probably go heavy all over by the end of today. This rain is not going to clear until late afternoon.

"At the moment we are okay and coping with what we've got. At the moment we are quite happy and will monitor it as the day goes on. Potentially we could get from seven up to nine millimetres maybe.

"If we do get that we may have to call a precautionary inspection, but at the moment it's taking it.

"The forecast is for the rain to die away tonight and for it to be dry for 24 hours.

"Wet weather is coming in Friday night and the early hours of Saturday morning when the next rain band is due and to last all day Saturday. It does look pretty testing."

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