Going update after racing on Tuesday
Day one of Royal Ascot began as Good to Soft all over, changing to Good on the Straight Course and Good, Good to Soft in places on the Round Course ahead of race six, the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (4.10pm).
Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, said: “I was very pleased with day one of Royal Ascot.
“Obviously, it took a while for everyone to get used to there not being a crowd but the action on the track was as fantastic as ever.
“I changed the going slightly going into the penultimate race following a warm afternoon and we end day one as Good on the Straight Course and Good, Good to Soft in places on the Round Course.
“The weather is set to continue in much the same vein for the remainder of the week, with warm sunny conditions and the chance of a shower here and there.”
Tuesday’s stewards’ reports
Race 1 – 1:15pm
THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE HANDICAP
Permission was given for KEYSER SOZE (IRE) to wear a red hood to the start and for HABUB (USA) to also wear a red hood to the start and go early to post. An enquiry was held to consider interference just inside the 3-furlong marker when CLIFFS OF CAPRI, placed fourth, ridden by Dougie Costello, interfered with FLAMING SPEAR (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Joey Haynes. Costello was suspended for 3 days (June 30, July 1 & 2) for careless riding as he manoeuvred his mount lefthanded towards the rail when insufficiently clear of FLAMING SPEAR (IRE), causing Haynes to have to take a check off heels. The performance of DAARIK (IRE), which started favourite and finished unplaced, was considered. It was noted that John Gosden could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance and the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of DAARIK (IRE) failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, Ryan Moore reported that KEYSER SOZE (IRE), unplaced, was slowly away.
Race 2 – 1:50pm.
THE QUEEN ANNE STAKES
SKARDU wore earplugs throughout the preliminaries which were removed upon arrival at thhe start. Ryan Moore, the rider of the winner CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE), was suspended for 2 days (June 30 & July 1) for using his whip above the permitted level from approaching the final furlong. Following the race, Jim Crowley reported that MOHAATHER, unplaced, was denied a clear run.
Race 3 – 2:25pm.
THE RIBBLESDALE STAKES
Permission was given for MISS YODA (GER) to go early to post and for FRANKLY DARLING to wear a red hood to the start. An enquiry was held to consider interference shortly after the start, when GOLDEN LIPS (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Josephine Gordon, interfered with SO I TOLD YOU (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Shane Kelly. Gordon was suspended for 2 days (June 30 & July 1) for careless riding for allowing her mount to drift right-handed towards the rail when insufficiently clear of SO I TOLD YOU (IRE), causing Kelly to have to take a check. Oisin Murphy, the rider of WEST END GIRL, unplaced, was also interviewed but was found not to be involved in the interference.
Race 4 – 3:00pm.
THE KING EDWARD VII STAKES
Following the race, P. J. McDonald reported that SOUND OF CANNONS, unplaced, ran too free.
THE KING’S STAND STAKES
Permission was given for BATTAASH (IRE) to be mounted in the chute and for HIT THE BID to also be mounted in the chute and go early to post. Further permission was given for EQUILATERAL to go early to post. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that HIT THE BID, unplaced, lost its right-hind shoe.
Race 6 – 4:10pm.
THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES
Permission was given for INVITATIONAL to wear a red hood to the start and for POSTED to go early to post and wear a red hood to the start. QUEEN POWER (IRE) wore earplugs throughout the preliminaries which were removed upon arrival at the start. The Starter reported that INVITATIONAL was the subject of a third criteria failure. Roger Varian was informed that the mare could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. The performance of JUBILOSO, which started joint-favourite and finished last of the ten runners, was considered. It was noted that the representative of Sir Michael Stoute could offer no explanation for the mare’s performance. JUBILOSO was routine tested.
THE ASCOT STAKES (HANDICAP)
Nothing to report.