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All you need to know as famous faces come out in force at Ascot

Ascot: track stages a six-race card plus a charity race
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With Haydock's Betfair Chase meeting no longer a two-day affair, Ascot has centre stage all to itself with a host of luminaries set to light up proceedings.

Aside from the six races at a meeting that will be attended by the Prince of Wales, much interest will focus on England goal-scoring legend Michael Owen as he makes his race-riding debut in the charity race at 12.15.

There is some competitive action on the card, with champion trainer Nicky Henderson looking to have a particularly strong hand, and it promises to be a big day for trainer Nigel Hawke as Speredek bids to extend his winning run to five in the £30,000 Coutts Handicap Hurdle (3.50).

Afternoon jumps fixtures at Catterick and Ffos Las and evening meetings on the all-weather at Dundalk and Newcastle complete the line-up.


Going report

Catterick - first race 12.20
Good to soft, good in places

Ascot - 1.00
Good to soft

Race distances:
Race 1: +12 yards
Race 2, 3 & 6: +4 yards
Race 4 & 5: +16 yards

Ffos Las - 1.10
Heavy

Race distances:
Race 1 & 5: +96 yards
Race 2 & 4: +83 yards
Race 3: +72 yards
Race 6: +66 yards

Dundalk - 5.30
Standard 

Newcastle - 5.45
Standard


Market movers

12.20 Catterick: Dulce Panem into 5-1 (from 8)

2.15 Ffos Las: Pure Vision into 4-1 (from 5)

2.20 Ascot: Fortunate George into 5-1 (from 8)


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Final thought

You can bet Michael Owen will be more nervous about his first ride in public than he was wearing an England shirt at a major international tournament. It's all for a good cause, so let's hope it's an enjoyable experience. 


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You can bet Michael Owen will be more nervous about his first ride in public than he was wearing an England shirt at a major international tournament
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