Going news at the end of QIPCO King George Diamond Day

The going at the end of QIPCO King George Diamond Day remains Good to Firm, having changed from Good to Firm, Good in places following the first race.

The QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend continues tomorrow, Sunday, 26 July with an eight-race programme running from 12.45pm to 4.50pm.

Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, said: “I am leaving the going description unchanged overnight at Good to Firm.

“There are further showers expected this evening, so I will look again tomorrow morning and see where we are at.

“There is less chance of rain tomorrow, with occasional showers forecast.”

Today’s stewards’ reports

12:40pm ANDERS FOUNDATION BRITISH EBF CROCKER BULTEEL MAIDEN STAKES

Andrea Atzeni, the rider of HAMOUDI, was unseated shortly after the start. After viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no other horse or rider was involved and caused by the colt sustaining an injury. An enquiry was held to consider interference approximately 1 furlong out when the winner, MOHAWK KING (IRE), ridden by Pat Dobbs, interfered with INVEIGLE, unplaced, ridden by Ryan Moore. Dobbs was suspended for 3 days (August 8, 9, 10) for careless riding as he had manoeuvred right-handed when insufficiently clear of  INVEIGLE, causing Moore to take a check in order to avoid clipping heels.

1:15pm BETFRED SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE BRITISH EBF FILLIES’ NOVICE STAKES

Permission was given for CREATIVE FLAIR (IRE) and LIGHT REFRAIN to wear red hoods to the start.

1:50pm BETFREDTV PAT EDDERY STAKES (Listed Race)

Following the race, the representative of John Gosden reported that SAEIQA, which started second favourite and finished unplaced, ran too freely and was unsuited by the ground, which was officially described as Good to Firm on this occasion, and would prefer a slower surface; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt shortly after the race failed to reveal any abnormalities. Owen Burrows reported that TWAASOL, unplaced, was unsuited by the ground, which was officially described as Good to Firm on this occasion, and would prefer a slower surface.

2:25pm MOET & CHANDON INTERNATIONAL STAKES (HERITAGE HANDICAP)

Permission was given for HABUB (USA) to wear a red hood to the start and go early to post, ESHAASY to go early to post and KEYSER SOZE (IRE) to wear a red hood to the start; CARDSHARP wore earplugs which were removed at the start. The Starter reported that KEYSER SOZE (IRE) was the subject of a third criteria failure. Richard Spencer was informed that the gelding could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. An enquiry was held into the start of this race to determine whether NO NONSENSE, ridden by Joey Haynes, should be deemed to be a runner. The rider and the Starter were interviewed and shown recordings of the start. Having heard their evidence, the Stewards accepted that the colt had become restless in the stalls which necessitated Haynes removing his left foot from the stirrup iron in order to lift his mount’s head, resulting in the rider distributing his weight onto the left side of the starting stalls running board and consequently not being fully mounted when the start was effected. This caused NO NONSENSE to leave the starting stalls riderless and as such was deemed to be a non-runner. An enquiry was held to consider interference approximately 2 furlongs out involving KEYSER SOZE (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Angus Villiers; ESHAASY, placed fifth, ridden by George Rooke and EBURY, unplaced, ridden by Oisin Murphy. Villiers and Rooke were both suspended for 2 days for careless riding (both August 8 and 9) as Villiers had manoeuvred left-handed at the same time as Rooke had manoeuvred right-handed when their mounts were insufficiently clear of EBURY, resulting in Murphy having to take a check. Following the race, Tom Marquand reported that SHELIR (IRE), unplaced, was denied a clear run. The Veterinary Officer reported that BLACKHEATH, unplaced, lost both its left and right-fore shoes.

3:00pm BETFRED ‘NIFTY FIFTY’ HANDICAP STAKES

Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that GREAT AMBASSADOR, unplaced, had bled from the nose and finished lame on its left-fore.

3:35pm KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH QIPCO STAKES (Group 1)

Nothing to report

4:10pm betfred.com HANDICAP STAKES

The winner, LOOK CLOSELY, appeared to show improved form compared with its previous run at Newmarket on 5 June 2020 where the gelding finished ninth of twelve, beaten by 15¾ lengths. Roger Varian’s explanation that LOOK CLOSELY had appreciated the return to a less undulating track was noted. LOOK CLOSELY was routine tested. Leaving the stalls, MANKAYAN (IRE), placed second, jumped right-handed, causing MEDIA STORM, unplaced, EDINBURGH CASTLE (IRE), placed third, and SANDRET (IRE), unplaced, to all be hampered, but after viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved and that it had not improved the placing of MANKAYAN (IRE).

4:45pm FRIMLEY NHS FOUNDATION ASCOT VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NURSERY HANDICAP STAKES

Permission was given for STAR CACTUS (USA) to wear a hood in the Parade Ring only.

5:20pm JOHN GUEST RACING BROWN JACK HANDICAP STAKES

Permission was given for SLEEPING LION (USA) to wear a hood in the Parade Ring only. An enquiry was held to consider interference shortly after leaving the stalls when SCARAMANGA (IRE), placed second, ridden by Frankie Dettori, interfered with SPEEDO BOY (FR), unplaced, ridden by William Buick. Dettori was cautioned for careless riding as he had edged right-handed towards the rail when insufficiently clear of SPEEDO BOY (FR), causing Buick to take a precautionary check.