Early going news & non-runners on QIPCO King George Diamond Day

The going at Ascot for QIPCO King George Diamond Day, Saturday, 25 July, and day one of QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend is: 

Good to Firm, Good in places

GoingStick Readings at 8.15m today

Stands’ Side: 8.5

Centre: 8.2

Farside: 8.2.

Round: 8.0. 

Stalls

Straight Course: Centre

Round Course: Inside

Rail Movements

The running rail positions are at their widest configuration and race distances are as published.

Weather

There was 1.2 millimetres of rain on Sunday, 19 July. It has then been dry up to 6.30am today. It is forecast to be breezy with light showers this morning. Showers are predicted to become heavier through the afternoon. It is expected to stay breezy on Sunday, with occasional showers possible.

Watering

A total of 20 millimetres of irrigation has been applied to the Straight Course and 10 millimetres to the Round Course since Sunday, 19 July.

Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course at Ascot said: “We have only put on as much water that we have lost in evapotranspiration and it will be fast ground today if we don’t get any rain before racing. I will probably be changing the going description to Good to Firm before racing if it does not rain.

“It has been dry and breezy since last Sunday and we are forecast another breezy day today.

“We have a good card with high-quality racing, and we are pleased to be here.”

Non-Runners

12.40pm Anders Foundation British EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes

9 Royal Musketeer (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)

11 Tacitus (Self Certificate, Abscess)

3.35pm King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes

1 1 Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, blood analysis not normal)