Going update from Chris Stickels

Ascot’s Clerk of the Course Chris Stickels said at 6pm: “We have had 43.5 millimetres of rain since racing yesterday, which is certainly a 24-hour record for Royal Ascot in my time as Clerk of the Course.

“Obviously, we ended up with heavy ground, although times weren’t as bad as perhaps I was imagining. It has still been hard work and jockeys reported very soft and heavy ground.

“The forecast is for this rain eventually to die out later this evening, although it’s unclear when because it keeps on circling round us, and for a better day tomorrow. It’s not predicted to be warm and sunny, but dry with the chance of an occasional shower.”