Royal Ascot the year 2020: day four-live updates! | Sport


After what was essentially a dry night at Ascot, the employee will for the fourth day of the Royal meeting has been changed to good to soft on the straight and soft, good-to-soft in places on the round, that is, according to my calculations, at least, the fifth change since Tuesday morning (and please do not write to the editor if I managed to miss a couple, it has been that kind of week).The TurfTrax map on the Ascot will hub shows the contrast between the rate of drainage on the right that was relaid when the course was rebuilt from scratch 15 years ago – and the loop for the longer races, which was not the case. The difference between the two is likely to increase over the next few days, if, as expected, more rain is sporadic, but this doesn’t matter much today as the event – the Group A Commonwealth Cup – the six-furlong sprint for three-year-olds.

It is the youngest of the Group, the One on the races of the meeting, after it was introduced – and, somewhat controversially, immediately received the prestigious Group One status in 2015. It has justified this decision, however, and quickly becomes one of the highlights of the week.

This year’s renewal is another cracker, bringing together horses that have been aimed at this race for many months (Stone Rabbit, the Golden Horde) to the side of the others who have tried their luck in a Guineas at Newmarket or the Curragh, and did not quite make it to the house. With Kimari, Wesley Ward is stable in the united States, the addition of a transatlantic interest with Frankie Dettori, it promises to be some spectacle.

Jim Crowley after having rolled Molatham to win the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/PA

It really is now or never for the jockey hoping to review Jim Crowley total of six winners so far and ask price for the leading rider of the week, as Crowley comes from two tours today – including Elarqam, the favourite for the Hardwicke Stakes, while James Doyle has five mounts, and Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori have six each.

Crowley is a 4-7 chance to become the jockey, other than Moore, Dettori and Johnny Murtagh to win the prize since 2007, while Moore – who monte Anthony Van Dyck, the last year, Derby winner and second favourite, in Elarqam of the race is 9-4, with Doyle at 12-1 and Dettori on 20-1. If Elarqam wins, it is probably game over.

Chris Cook selections for the fourth day are here, and the action is underway at 1.15.


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