Royal Ascot weather conditions set to be the best in years
Published: 12 Jun 2014 15:300 comments
Weather for the racing extravaganza, which runs from Tuesday, June 17, to Saturday, June 21, is set to be fair until at least Thursday of next week.
Chris Stickels, the racecourse's clerk, who was speaking at a Royal Ascot press conference in Newmarket today (Thursday), said: "For the first time in a number of years, the weather does looked like it is going to be settled from now until at least Thursday of next week - dry and warm.
"The going is currently Good, Good to Firm in places and we started watering yesterday when we put 10 millimetres on the straight. We also put four millimetres on the round course last night.
"This is the first time we have watered the course since August of last year. The aim would be to start Royal Ascot on Tuesday on similar ground that we have got now - Good, Good to Firm in places - and it is highly likely we will put some more water on, maybe tomorrow but certainly over the weekend at some point.
"Every year I have been here, we have had to water for Royal Ascot before now. We have had a good spring for the course, which drains very well. The rain then has helped the grass growth and it has been very mild too - the course is in excellent shape."