Royal Ascot going and weather forecast for five-day flat racing fiesta

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Royal Ascot punters face the prospect of sheltering from the rain on day three of the meeting as showers are forecast.

Ascot Racecourse was in tip-top condition for the opening two days of the meeting thanks to a prolonged spell of sunshine in the United Kingdom and the 12,000 daily punters lapped up the warm weather.

But the heavens opened after the final race on Wednesday with 2.4mm of rain falling overnight to put some juice in the ground.

The precipitation hasn’t changed the going, however, with the ground still rated as Good to Firm after the latest report was conducted on Thursday morning.

The rain is expected to stick around for the next 48 hours – heavy showers are forecast for Friday – which would further soften the ground.

Saturday is the final day of racing and there shouldn’t be a need for brollies with light cloud and a gentle breeze forecast, with highs of 20C.

Royal Ascot Day 3 Tips

Paddy Power pundit Matt Chapman has gone through the card to bring you a top tip for every race on the second day of Royal Ascot 2021.

14:30: CADAMOSTO looked green on debut but eventually got going to win well at Dundalk and the son of No Nay Never should have place claims at least for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

15:05: “Hard not to be all over MOHAAFETH here for William Haggas and Jim Crowley. The Frankel colt was strongly fancied for the Derby before being withdrawn on the day due to softening ground, and prior to that he had appeared a most promising type with a couple of wins at Newmarket.”

15:40: TWISTED REALITY has each way claims for Oisin Murphy and Ralph Beckett. The daughter of Fastnet Rock impressed on debut at Nottingham and was fancied on her return at Newbury.”

16:15: STRADIVARIUS has won the last three Gold Cups as most of you will know and I fully expect him to make it four.”

17:00: GRID might run well here for Joseph O’Brien. He was an eye-catching fourth behind Bolshoi Ballet in a maiden at Leopardstown in October before finishing third at Naas and scoring at Cork.”

17:35: “I’m going to back KONDO ISAMI each way here for Ben Curtis and Mark Johnston. What I like about this colt is that he’s got proven stamina although probably didn’t quite get home over an extended 1m6f at Doncaster last time.”

18:10: “International Stakes winner BLUE MIST has the talent to score here if he is in the mood.”

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