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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Thunderstorms fail to make an impact as Ascot remains good to firm

The going is good to firm at Ascot for King George day
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The chances of Cracksman lining up in this afternoon's Qipco-backed King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot were dealt a blow as the thunderstorms that produced deluges around various parts of Britain failed to materialise at Ascot.

Only two millimetres of rain fell at the track between the end of racing on Friday and 6.30am on Saturday morning, with the going remaining good to firm.

Cracksman's trainer John Gosden is due to walk the course before making a decision on the colt's participation, but underfoot conditions will need to ease significantly.

Speaking on Saturday morning, Gosden said: "They've had 2mm overnight at Ascot which isn't enough for Cracksman to run at the moment as they would have put 5mm on if they had watered. The horse is on his way to the track and I will have a look when I get down there."

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Describing conditions on Saturday, Ascot clerk of the course Chris Stickels said: "We had two millimetres and were thinking we might get between three or four millimetres. It's not a problem and the ground is good to firm."

Those hoping for heavy rain this morning are likely to be disappointed, as Stickels added: "We might get the odd shower. I don't see much [rain] on the horizon and don't think it will be enough to make a significant difference."

Ascot may have avoided the storms that broke the heatwave that has been gripping Britain, but there was substantial rain at Newmarket and York on Friday evening, with soft featuring in the going description at each track for Saturday's cards.

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We had two millimetres and were thinking we might get between three or four millimetres

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