Ascot big race could move to inner course after 30mm rain

The Qipco Champion Stakes and two other races on the round course at Ascot, due to take place this coming Saturday, October 19, have been affected by waterlogging after 30mm of rain at the weekend.

It is possible they could now  be moved to the inner course following emergency plans drawn up in 2016 to guarantee that racing takes place under the best possible underfoot conditions.

Ascot’s outer track, which would normally be used for the fixture and for all others on the Flat, was waterlogged in places following the downpour.

The inner track, left unwatered through the summer, unlike the Flat track, is good to soft, soft in places despite the heavy downpour that resulted in 134mm  rainfall on Ascot since September 21.

Clerk of course Chris Stickels

After walking the track on Sunday morning, clerk of the course Chris Stickels described conditions as the softest and wettest he had ever known them.

The change in going has resulted in a switch in betting, with French soft ground specialist The Revenant, trained  at Longchamp by Francis Graffard, emerging as current favourite.

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