Going remains Soft at the end of day three

The going at the end of day three of Royal Ascot 2020 remains Soft all over.

Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, said: “I am leaving the ground as Soft overnight.

“If the forecast is correct, we are hopefully now set for a drier couple of days with just the occasional shower.

“It was another fantastic day on the track, with an outstanding performance from Stradivarius to win the Gold Cup for a third time.”

Thursday’s stewards’ reports

1:15pm GOLDEN GATES HANDICAP STAKES

Permission was given for BRONZE RIVER to wear a red hood to the start. The performance of ACQUITTED (IRE), which finished last of the fourteen runners, was considered. It was noted that Hugo Palmer could offer no explanation for the colt’s performance and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of ACQUITTED (IRE), during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, John Gosden reported that HYPOTHETICAL (IRE), unplaced, was unsuited by the going, which was officially described as Soft on this occasion and would prefer a faster surface and Richard Hughes reported that MAORI KNIGHT (IRE), which started second-favourite and finished unplaced, was also unsuited by the Soft going on this occasion and would prefer a faster surface.

1:50pm WOLFERTON STAKES (Listed)

Permission was given for KING OTTOKAR (FR) to wear a red hood to the start and for DREAM CASTLE to wear a hood in the Parade Ring only. Further permission was given for EXTRA ELUSIVE to be mounted in the chute. EXTRA ELUSIVE was given permission to wear a red hood to the start, but Roger Charlton failed to send a representative to the start to remove it. Charlton’s representative was interviewed, and Charlton was fined £140. Andrea Atzeni, the rider of PRINCE EIJI, placed fourth, was suspended for 2 days (July 2 & 3) for using his whip in the incorrect place on the run to the line. Following the race, John Gosden reported that CROSSED BATON, which finished last of the thirteen runners, was unsuited by the going, which was officially described as Soft on this occasion and would prefer a faster surface and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities.

2:25pm JERSEY STAKES (Group 3)

Permission was given for FINAL SONG (IRE) to wear a red hood to the start and for LORD OF THE LODGE (IRE) to go early to post. Following the race, K. R. Burke reported that LORD OF THE LODGE (IRE), unplaced, was unsuited by the going, which was officially described as Soft on this occasion and would prefer a faster surface. The Veterinary Officer reported that ROPEY GUEST, placed fourth, lost its right-fore shoe.

3:00pm CHESHAM STAKES (Listed)

Following the race, David Egan reported that SEATTLE ROCK, placed third, ducked right-handed approaching the line and Charlie Fellowes reported that FIRST PROPHET, which started second-favourite and finished last of the eight runners, ran flat after winning at Newbury six days ago; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt failed to reveal any abnormalities.

3:35pm THE GOLD CUP (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Permission was given for MEKONG to be mounted in the chute and for CROSS COUNTER to wear a red hood to the start. The performance of TECHNICIAN (IRE), which started second-favourite and finished unplaced, was considered. Martyn Meade’s explanation that the colt may not have stayed the trip of 2 Miles and 4 Furlongs, on this occasion, was noted and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of TECHNICIAN (IRE) failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, Jim Crowley reported that MEKONG, unplaced, was slowly away and William Buick reported that, MOONLIGHT SPIRIT (IRE), which finished last of the eight runners, had no more to give.

4:10pm BRITANNIA STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)

Permission was given for DUBAI MIRAGE (IRE) to wear a hood in the Parade Ring only. VERBOTEN (IRE), and ENEMY, trained by John Gosden, were late in the Parade Ring and did not enter the Parade Ring respectively, due to Gosden doing post-race interviews from the previous race which was late off and having four horses to saddle. Following the race, John Gosden reported that VERBOTEN (IRE), unplaced, was unsuited by the going, which was officially described as Soft on this occasion and would prefer a faster surface and Andrew Balding also reported that ALL YOU WISH, unplaced, was also unsuited by the Soft going, on this occasion and would prefer a faster surface.

4:40pm SANDRINGHAM STAKES (HANDICAP)

Permission was given for ONASSIS (IRE) to wear a red hood to the start. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that AFRICAN DREAM, which started favourite and was pulled up, finished lame on its right-hind.