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Ascot Racecourse 3 - Chris Stickels

Chris Stickels watered the track on Friday and is set to again on Monday

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Ascot waters with more likely to follow

THE track at Ascot has undergone its first course of watering and more could be applied from Monday as long as there is no sign of any significant downpours next week.

The going on Saturday was good to firm, firm in places, and though the current dry spell is forecast to interrupted by rain later this week it is not expected to be substantial, according to clerk of the course Chris Stickels.

"At the moment we are good to firm, firm in places," he said. "The weather in the middle of the week might turn a bit showery but our long-range forecasts at the moment don't indicate huge volumes of rain. It looks fairly dry until Tuesday.

"We put a spot of water on yesterday and we will be going back to watering if the forecast doesn't indicate bad weather on Monday. Any rain that is forecast would be quite welcome. I haven't seen a forecast yet for royal week.

"Yesterday was the first time we have watered. We had a quite a lot of rain the week before last, which measured around 35mm and the recent weather has allowed the track to dry back quite a bit.

"We put some on Friday because it has been pretty drying. We will put more on Monday and go from there depending on what the forecast tells us."

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