Royal Ascot watering begins

Ascot's clerk of the course Chris Stickels has been required to water the course for the first time this season ahead of the Royal meeting.

"It looks like it's going to stay fairly settled now, it looks pretty dry and warm, and we're currently good, good to firm in places," Stickels said on Thursday morning.

"We put 10 millimetres of water on the straight and 4mm on the round course yesterday.

"It's the first time we've had to water since last year and it's highly likely we'll need to put more on."