So the rain has come for Royal Ascot and trainers are withdrawing those horses that prefer fast, rattling ground. That's a pity.
Some big names have been pulled out, or moved to races later in the week. But there is rain forecast for much of the week, so soft or good to soft going is likely to be around for most of the five day festival of top class flat racing.
Day 1 of Royal Ascot looks a cracker.
2.30 - the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes
Belardo is a horse I have tipped . . .
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