Going news at the end of day four
The going at the end of day four of Royal Ascot remains:
Straight Course: Good to Soft
Round Course: Soft, Good to Soft in places
Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, said: “I am leaving the going description unchanged overnight as Good to Soft on the Straight Course and Soft, Good to Soft in places on the Round Course.
“The weather has been rather unpredictable this week and I was not expecting the showers we had this morning.
“Tomorrow is still forecast to be drier, with the risk of an occasional shower. We will see what the weather is like overnight and I will update tomorrow morning.”
Friday’s stewards’ reports
1:15pm PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE HANDICAP
Permission was given for GEORGE CORNELIUS (IRE) to go early and be led to post. Following the race, John Egan reported that DANCIN INTHESTREET, placed third, was denied a clear run.
1:50pm ALBANY STAKES (Group 3)
Permission was given for FLYING ALETHA (USA) to be ponied early to post. The Starter reported that VENTURA VISION (FR) refused to enter the stalls and was withdrawn at 1:59pm. Mark Johnston was informed that the filly could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. An enquiry was held to consider interference shortly after the start involving UNDERTAKE, placed fourth, ridden by David Egan, FOLLOW SUIT (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Liam Keniry, BONNE VITESSE (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Daniel Tudhope, CIRRUS, unplaced, ridden by Pat Dobbs, MOTHER EARTH (IRE), placed third, ridden by Ryan Moore and MAHALE, unplaced, ridden by Oisin Murphy. Egan was suspended for 5 days (July 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7) for careless riding as he allowed his mount to drift right-handed without correction carrying FOLLOW SUIT (IRE), BONNE VITESSE (IRE) and CIRRUS off their intended lines which in turn caused interference to MOTHER EARTH (IRE), causing the filly to be bumped on several occasions and becoming severely unbalanced, which resulted in MAHALE to be steadied off heels.
2:25pm NORFOLK STAKES (Group 2)
Shortly after the start, COOPERATION (IRE), unplaced, shifted right-handed causing the rider of NELSON GAY (IRE), unplaced, to have to take a check, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved. The performance of EYE OF HEAVEN, which started favourite and finished unplaced, was considered. Mark Johnston’s explanation that the colt may have been unsuited by the going, which was officially described as Good to Soft on this occasion and may prefer a faster surface, was noted. EYE OF HEAVEN was routine tested. Following the race, Sean Levey reported that COOPERATION (IRE), unplaced, jumped right-handed leaving the stalls and Cieren Fallon reported that PAPAL BEE (IRE), which finished last of the twelve runners, hung left-handed.
3:00pm HARDWICKE STAKES (Group 2)
Permission was given for HAMISH to be mounted in the chute and the gelding wore earplugs in the preliminaries which were removed upon arrival at the start. ALOUNAK (FR) arrived at the start with a small amount of blood in its mouth. Having been examined by the Veterinary Officer, the colt was found to have bitten its tongue and was therefore deemed fit to race. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that both ELARQAM, which started second-favourite and finished unplaced, and HAMISH, placed fourth, lost their right-fore shoes. Michael Bell reported that EAGLES BY DAY (IRE), which finished last of the nine runners, may have been unsuited by the going, which was officially described as Soft, Good to Soft in places on this occasion and may prefer a faster surface.
3:35pm COMMONWEALTH CUP (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Permission was given for KIMARI (USA) to be ponied early to post. The performance of PIERRE LAPIN (IRE), which started second-favourite and finished last of the sixteen runners, was considered. It was noted that Roger Varian could offer no explanation for the colt’s performance other than a report from the rider that PIERRE LAPIN (IRE) was never travelling. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt failed to reveal any abnormalities.
4:10pm QUEEN’S VASE (Group 2)
Permission was given for both ON GUARD and BORN WITH PRIDE (IRE) to wear a red hood to the start. Leaving the stalls, NOBEL PRIZE (IRE), unplaced, jumped left-handed causing knock on interference to BERKSHIRE ROCCO (FR), placed second, CLOUD THUNDER, unplaced, AL DABARAN, placed third, the winner, SANTIAGO and ON GUARD, unplaced, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved. Following the race, Ryan Moore reported that the winner SANTIAGO (IRE), hung right-handed and Oisin Murphy reported that BERSKHIRE ROCCO (FR), placed second, hung left-handed under pressure.
4:40pm DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES (HANDICAP)
Permission was given for JOHNNY DRAMA (IRE) to wear a hood in the Parade Ring only and for AL MUFFRIH (IRE) to wear a red hood to the start. An enquiry was held to consider interference turning out of the back straight when JOHNNY DRAMA (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Joshua Bryan interfered with AL MUFFRIH (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Tom Marquand, which in turn interfered with MEDAL WINNER (FR), unplaced, ridden by Oisin Murphy. Bryan was suspended for 3 days (July 3, 4 & 6) for careless riding as he shifted right-handed to obtain cover when insufficiently clear of a free-running AL MUFFRIH (IRE), causing the gelding to be tightened for room and in turn causing Murphy on MEDAL WINNER (FR) to lose his position. Following the race, Shane Kelly reported that DOLPHIN VISTA (IRE), which finished last of the fourteen runners, was never travelling and Jim Boyle could offer no further explanation for the gelding’s performance. Tom Marquand reported that AL MUFFRIH (IRE), unplaced, ran too free.