Royal Ascot Ground Conditions Set To Be Good All Over
Ground conditions at Royal Ascot look set to be very close to good all over after clerk of the course Chris Stickels reported the track had seen just 2mm of rain over the weekend.
That means conditions on the straight course are already good and are likely to dry out further, while it remains good to soft on the round course.
However, whilst conditions look set to be warm and sunny later in the week, showers are forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday, so the official going could change quite quickly if those forecast showers turn out to be heavier than initially reported.
Tuesday’s showers are currently expected to hit the track after racing has got underway, so it's the later races that may be most affected.
Meanwhile, Ladbrokes have revealed the three horses they are running scared of at Royal Ascot this week, with Tuesday’s 'bookie buster' running in the opening Queen Anne Stakes (2.30) where Le Brivido has been all the rage to get Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore off to the perfect start.
O’Brien and Moore both head the respective Top Trainer and Top Jockey markets this week, with O’Brien no bigger than 4/9 to emerge as the winning most trainer come Saturday evening.
Bookies Braced For Le Brivido
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: "Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore have the ability to make or break our week and should they get the ball rolling in the curtain raiser with a win for Le Brivido, we’ll definitely be starting the week on the back foot."
Ladbrokes also fear the explosive Battaash, who looks set to go off a warm order in the King’s Stand Stakes and New Graduate, an extremely well-backed 5/1 favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup.
In other betting news, Paddy Power, who predict that an astonishing £150 million will be wagered across the industry this week, are the first bookmaker to price up the colour of the Queen’s hat on the opening day, with pink the 3/1 favourite.
"The Queen’s hat is one of the public’s favourite fun bets and with the rain expected to hold off, the money says she will be pretty in pink," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Racegoers planning to travel to Royal Ascot by train this week need to be braced for severe delays thanks to a five-day rail strike that begins on Tuesday.
Instead of the usual four trains an hour from Waterloo, South West Railway (SWR) have announced a skeleton service of just one train an hour, so expect every train to be jam packed.
Nick Smith, Ascot’s director of racing and communications, said: "Our advice to racegoers travelling by train is to connect to the racecourse website which contains a link to SWR and the company will be regularly updating their revised timetable over the course of the week."
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