Weather prospects look bright for big weekend card at Ascot

Ascot action

Racecourse officials are not expecting the weather to pose a threat to Saturday's big jumps meeting featuring the Betfair Ascot Chase at the Berkshire track.

The going was described as soft on Monday afternoon after seven millimetres of rain over the weekend, with drier weather forecast towards raceday after a wet spell in midweek.

"We've got a wet couple of days Tuesday and Wednesday with rain and showers, but after that it looks largely dry with a risk of on occasional light shower," said clerk of the course Chris Stickels.

"There might be a frost Friday morning, but after that the minimum temperature I can see for Saturday is about plus one. It's going to be chilly, but there is no frost threat from what I can see at the moment."

Stickels was pleased with the entries for their prestigious fixture, particularly the feature race with last year's winner Cue Card defending his crown against the likes of Top Notch, Waiting Patiently and Irish raider Coney Island.

"The Betfair Ascot Chase looks a cracking race. It's great, we're delighted," he said.