Ascot expecting perfect ground

Ascot clerk of the course Chris Stickels described the ground as "lovely" ahead of their jumps meeting on Friday and Saturday.

Ascot expect perfect ground for their meeting this weekend

He called the going as good to soft on Tuesday afternoon and expects similar conditions for the fixture that features the Stella Artois 1965 Chase and the Coral Hurdle on day two.

"A few showers are possible on Wednesday and more likely on Thursday, but then it looks like the weather is going to settle down and get a bit cooler but drier for Friday and Saturday," said Stickels.

"I don't see the volume of rain throwing up a huge amount. It could go soft in places, but I think it is likely to be similar to what we've got now.

"It's lovely ground at the minute."

The going at Haydock, where the feature of their two-day meeting is Saturday's Betfair Chase, is officially soft, good to soft in places following five millimetres of rain on Monday.

A further 20mm is expected during the rest of the week with cooler temperatures as well.

Though the going at Punchestown is described as yielding, yielding to soft in places, conditions are expected to ease ahead of their two-day meeting that features the Morgiana Hurdle on Sunday.

"The forecast is for it to get colder and more rain on the way with heavy showers over the coming days," said racecourse manager Richie Galway.

"If the forecast is correct I expect the ground to be soft at the weekend. I don't expect to have any issues with the threat of frost.

"We've had a dry autumn and it looks like a lot of the top horses are going to be unleashed over the coming weeks and we are looking forward to two great days.

"The Morgiana, without fail, turns up a superstar. It may not be huge numbers, but huge on quality.

"We also have a nice banks race on Saturday. They are getting more competitive."

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