Ground conditions at Ascot turned soft on Friday and that led to loads of horses being withdrawn from racing at the meeting, including my two fancies in the very depleted 3.10 race.
9/1 each way pick Aasheq was narrowly beaten on soft going at Chester.
The surprising disappointments on the day were the runs of Austrian School and Cleonte. But I expect the excessive rainfall and resulting soft conditions had plenty to do with that.
Expect soft going again at Ascot and Lingfield on Saturday. But at least the trainers have plenty of advance warning this time around . . .
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