Early going news on day four of Royal Ascot

The going for day four of Royal Ascot 2020, Friday, June 19, has changed to:

Straight Course: Good to Soft

Round Course: Soft, Good to Soft in places

It was Soft all over at the end of racing on Thursday.

GoingStick Readings at 8.30am today

Stands’ Side: 6.8 (7.0 Thursday; 7.5 Wednesday; 6.7 Tuesday)

Centre: 7.0 (7.1 Thursday; 7.5 Wednesday; 6.7 Tuesday)

Far Side: 7.1 (7.0 Thursday; 7.8 Wednesday; 6.9 Tuesday)

Round: 6.1 (5.5 Thursday; 6.7 Wednesday; 6.1 Tuesday)

Stalls

Straight Course: Centre

Round Course: Inside

Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, said at 9.00am: “It was dry after racing yesterday evening, up until 4.00am, when it started to rain lightly. We have had nearly a millimetre since racing yesterday and most of that has been this morning.

“We have dried up a little on the Straight Course since yesterday and it is now Good to Soft. It is Soft, Good to Soft in places on the Round Course.

“The rain ahead of and during racing on Thursday really got into the ground and I was actually surprised quite how well the track has taken it. In the Gold Cup, Ryan Moore led the field and shunned the rail, so it is not as worn as I expected it to be.

“Any rain should clear by this afternoon.”

The forecast for Saturday is for drier conditions, with the risk of occasional showers.

Non-runners today

1.15pm Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap

6 Will To Win (Self Certificate, Going)

2.25pm Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)

3 Emirati Dirham (Vet’s Certificate, stiff)

5 Get It (Going)

3.00pm Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)

5 Desert Encounter (Going)

10 Spanish Mission (Going)

3.35pm Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

13 Wooded (Going)

4.10pm Queen’s Vase (Group 2)

4 London Arch (Going)

4.40pm Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)

4 Dal Horrisgle (Going)

5 Universal Order (Going)

13 Koeman (Going)

Non-runners tomorrow 

1.50pm Coventry Stakes (Group 2)

9 Mehmo (Going)

4.10pm Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

5 Mubakker (Going)