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Ladbroke rain worry for Cloak

Emma Lavelle hopes the wet weather forecast's wide of the mark ahead of Claret Cloak's bid to extend her good form in The Ladbroke on Saturday.

The five-year-old finished a two-length third to Raya Star over the same course and distance in early November and only carries 3lb more at the weekend.

However, the forecast of rain leading up to the weekend has dampened Lavelle's enthusiasm somewhat.

She said: "I'm not pleased with the forecast, but as long as it's not heavy I'd imagine we'll run.

"He'll probably take his chance because he's got so many things going for him.

"The way the race will be run will be perfect - he ran well there last time and only went up 3lb.

"I can tell from his work at home that he's improved.

"If it was at Chepstow or Haydock he probably wouldn't be running, but Ascot never gets too deep so we'll probably run."