Soft ground expected at Ascot
Ground conditions are expected to be on the soft side for QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels described the going as good to soft, soft in places after he walked the track on Sunday.
The course has already absorbed 16 millimetres of rain since Thursday and the forecast for the week is an unsettled one.
"It's a mixture of good to soft and soft today. We've had eight millimetres so far and it's still raining at the minute," said Stickels.
"We've had 16mm since Thursday after a dry week before that. The wet weather we've had has turned it on the soft side.
"It's a bit of an unsettled forecast for the week. There are more showers due on Monday. Tuesday and Thursday could be dry days.
"It's a bit early to be sure yet, but it looks like showers are due next weekend again.
"We are due further showers today while tomorrow is not going to be as wet with rain again on Wednesday. Tuesday and Thursday are possibly dry then we could get showers again after that so it points towards the going being on the easy side."
The prospect of soft ground is not good news for Aidan O'Brien who may now have to reroute Declaration Of War to the Breeders' Cup.
Clearing up news on a few of his stable big guns O'Brien said:
"The horse who won at Dundalk on Friday night (Giovanni Boldini) could go for the Breeders' Cup, and he's still in the Racing Post Trophy.
"Australia is finished and most of the rest of them are finished now. Declaration Of War will run in one of the two races next week if the ground is good, otherwise he will go to America. Darwin could drop back six furlongs next week, we have Camelot in there and Kingsbarns in there too."