Ascot: storm clouds around the area are threatening to turn ground heavyPICTURE: Getty Images
Ascot could be heavy
for Champions Day
CHAMPIONS DAY at Ascot on Saturday could potentially take place on heavy ground after a significant amount of rain fell at the track on Tuesday night.
The going is described as soft on Wednesday, with the highlight of the card Frankel's last start in the Qipco British Champion Stakes, as the world's greatest racehorse attempts to end his career unbeaten in 14 starts.
However, Sir Henry Cecil's four-year-old may have to contend with the slowest ground he will have ever encountered in a race, as clerk of the course Chris Stickels said on Wednesday morning: "We had 12mm of rain last night and it didn't stop raining until about six this morning. The moisture is still getting through it and it's still soft at the moment.
"We're expecting a breezy day and a few blustery showers and there is more rain due overnight and tomorrow morning. They are talking about the same amount of rain as last night and if it materialises there's a chance it will go heavy in places on the round course but the situation keeps changing.
"We are all looking forward to seeing Frankel but the nature of the current weather that the ground is going to be soft and there is further showers due."
Connections of Frankel have vowed to run at Ascot whatever the weather although the possibility of ground that is heavy in places is seen as an advantage to his major rival Cirrus Des Aigles, who won by nine lengths on heavy going on his latest outing.