Champions Day races could switch to inner course at Ascot as waterlogged Flat track sections and poor forecast leave Stradivarius inclusion in doubt
- Champions Day features on October 19 and usually takes to outer Ascot course
- Parts of the outer Flat track have been waterlogged and further rain is predicted
- Long Distance Cup winner Stradivarius could be ruled out of a repeat bid by rain
Ascot could be forced to run some of the races at Qipco Champions Day on Saturday on the inner round course – ground usually used for hurdle races – after heavy rain has left parts of the outer Flat track waterlogged.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels reports the round course used for races like the Champion Stakes and Long Distance Cup is waterlogged in places following 16 millimetres of rain in 24 hours.
The forecast is for the week ahead is also unsettled.
The culmination of the British Champions Series could be hampered by bad weather this week
Racegoers may be forced to face gloomy conditions of the kind they saw at Royal Ascot in June
Race conditions allows courses to be switched if the outer course is unraceable on the day before or morning of racing.
Stickels said: ‘The weather forecast is unsettled all week and connections of prospective runners are reminded of the race conditions, relating to the round course races.
‘Racing on the outer course on Saturday may yet be possible, but we have the option to switch.
‘With waterlogged in today’s going description, if we were racing today, we would be on the inner course.’
Trainer John Gosden, who has ruled star mare Enable out of a run at Champions Day, hbas also warned he may have to leave deciding whether conditions will allow Stradivarius to go for a second successive win in the Long Distance Cup until walking the course on the day of the race.
The vagaries of the British summer also caused challenges for fans at the racecourse in August
John Godsen said he would make a late decision on Goodwood star Stradivarius participating