There was much froth produced about moving the Arc due to the heavy ground that seems to be the norm. It’s something that’s been occasionally said about Champions Day. Now neither the Arc nor Champions Day are going to be moved from their slots in the racing calendar. Unlike Longchamp, Ascot does have the option of switching races on to the inner jumps track. However, that would only come into play if the meeting was in danger of being abandoned and rightly so.
Since the first Champions Day in 2011 seven of the fixtures have gone off on soft (6) and heavy (1). However, this year although the ground is presently being described as good to soft, soft in places on the straight course and soft, good to soft in places on the round track. The rest of the week is due to be mainly dry. Of course, this isn’t June so the going won’t end up being quick by Saturday but it will be much nicer than in recent seasons.
Inside today’s main piece I look forward to Champions Day. Plus, I have a selection from Wetherby.
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