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Ascot Clerk of the Course Prepares for Unsettled Weather Ahead of Royal Meeting
In preparation for the five-day Royal meeting next week, Ascot clerk of the course Chris Stickels is keeping a close eye on unsettled weather patterns. Despite isolated thunderstorms in the forecast until Tuesday morning, temperatures are expected to remain high in coming days and Stickels isn’t taking any chances.
Unpredictable Forecasts Add to Complexity
The track has seen little rainfall over recent weeks, leaving conditions optimal but unpredictable. “Different models are giving us different information,” reports Stickels as he struggles with confusing meteorological forecasts ahead of one of horse racing’s most prestigious events.
“There are varying scenarios at present. It will not be a settled week next week, which makes things more complicated when the forecast isn’t settled.”
Daily Updates Provide Insight into Conditions
To ensure that they’re fully prepared and won’t be caught out by sudden changes in weather conditions, Stickels and his team have implemented daily going updates from tomorrow onwards. GoingStick readings will be taken regularly throughout each day so that they can monitor and update things accordingly.
“We’ve been watering every day,” explains Stickels as he outlines their approach to maintaining optimal conditions given uncertain forecasts. “At present, we are a mixture of good, good to firm, and firm depending on where we are with our watering.”
A Stellar Lineup Beckons Fans Amidst Uncertainty
Despite the uncertainty surrounding conditions, racing fans can look forward to a stellar lineup that’s sure to make for an exciting event. The Queen Anne Stakes is set to kick off the opening day festivities with a potential clash between Breeders’ Cup Mile and Lockinge hero Modern Games, Coronation Stakes and Prix Jacques Le Marois heroine Inspiral, as well as last season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail.
Stickels assures fans that they’re doing everything in their power to ensure optimal conditions throughout the five-day event. “We haven’t had rain for months. You’d be rock hard if we didn’t water,” he explains. “But we are very happy with where we are at the moment.”