Going changes to Soft ahead of day three of Royal Ascot

The going ahead of racing on day three of Royal Ascot 2020 has changed to SOFT (from Good to Soft).

There has been 16 millimetres of rain after racing finished on Wednesday up to 11.30am today. Further showers are forecast for today, with Friday and Saturday predicted to be drier.

Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, said at 11.50am: “We have now had 16 millimetres of rain since racing finished on Wednesday and I have changed the going to Soft all over.

“The Straight Course is walking quite well, but this moisture is really starting to get properly into it now.

“We have fresh ground on the Round Course from nine furlongs out today, and the Straight Course has taken the racing really well so far this week, it is simply the volume of rain we have received that is now really getting into it.

“Low pressure has been circling us for the last seven or eight days and the weather has been difficult to predict. It does look like it should settle down for Friday and Saturday, with the chance of occasional showers. Once we are through today, we should be over the worst of it, although the risk of showers cropping up on Friday and Saturday remains.”

Updated non-runners today

1.15pm Golden Gates Handicap

3 Laser Show (Self Certificate, temperature)

12 Dogged (Going)

14 Cemhaan (Self Certificate, heat in leg) – replaced by reserve Bronze River who takes number 14

1.50pm Wolferton Stakes (Listed)

1 Dubai Warrior (Going)

16 Bubble And Squeak (Going)

2.25pm Jersey Stakes (Group 3)

3 Fleeting Prince (Going)

3.00pm Chesham Stakes (Listed)

8 Concessions (Self Certificate, Going)

4.10pm Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

10 Johan (Self Certificate, (blood analysis not normal)

17 Grove Ferry (Vet’s Certificate, Lame)

4.40pm Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)

3 Festive Star (Going)

7 Graceful Magic (Going)