Ascot begin watering

The Crown emblem gates at Royal Ascot

Officials at Ascot have commenced watering ahead of next week's Royal meeting.

The ground is on the quick side of good at the Berkshire circuit and with predominantly dry and warm weather forecast between now and the start of racing next Tuesday, clerk of the course Chris Stickels felt it prudent to turn on the taps.

He said: "The track is in great condition at the minute and we are watering today.

"We've got a dry week forecast, certainly until next Tuesday, possibly Wednesday. Even next week might remain dry.

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"There is a risk at the moment of possible showers building up towards the end of next week, but we're expecting a warm few days this week.

"Conditions are good, good to firm in places. By the time we've finished watering this morning, I expect we'll be good all over.

"We're expecting a hot day tomorrow (Wednesday). We won't water tomorrow, but we'll review the forecast and see what we're going to do later in the week."

With dual 2000 Guineas winner Churchill and brilliant American filly Lady Aurelia just two of the stars set to be in action, Stickels is struggling to contain his enthusiasm ahead of the showpiece fixture.

"The final touches are being put in place for all the enclosures. There's lots of work going on and there's a huge amount of staff here at the moment getting everything ready," Stickels told At The Races.

"It looks like we're going to have some amazing racing.

"We have a fantastic line-up and it's looking very exciting."

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