To the wire: Gosden to walk track before late decision on Cracksman
Cracksman will travel to Ascot on Saturday morning before trainer John Gosden checks the ground to see if there has been sufficient rain for his star colt to run in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The rain at Ascot on Friday amounted to less than a millimetre, but there is to be no overnight watering with the prospect of more rain in the run-up to racing on Saturday.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels said after racing on Friday: "We're not going to water as there is still the risk of further thunderstorms this evening.
"There are also showers forecast tomorrow morning, between 5am and 9am with estimates varying between three and four millimetres. Given that forecast we're not watering tonight."
Stickels added: "I am also happy with the track – it has got enough moisture in it."
The Met Office on Friday evening was forecasting outbreaks of thundery rain overnight, with conditions tending to become drier later.
The forecast for Saturday is for a mainly dry day, occasionally sunny, but with a few showers during the morning and afternoon.
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