Racing goes ahead – Who Dares Wins looks for a grand finale on Saturday

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June 18

We wanted this rain for Trueshan, but it came too late and now Royal Ascot has had too much of the wet stuff and it must have been a close run affair before the stewards, having had a 40-minute course inspection, gave the go ahead for racing to go ahead on day four.

Crazy British weather – has nobody told them upstairs it’s middle of June and the longest day is only 48 hours away!

We have just the one runner on the Royal Heath on Saturday, Who Dares Wins, who attempts to win the Queen Alexandra Stakes for the second year running.

This two miles and five furlongs marathon is the longest race of the meeting and will develop into a monumental stamina test in conditions which will be heavy

Ironically, Alan stressed to owner Henry Ponsonby at the start of the week that Who Dares Wins would not run if the ground was firm – how quickly underfoot conditions changed.

Alan said:”Who Dares Wins had no luck in running in the Chester Cup. He was trapped on the rail and Tom Marquand could not get out, but the horse finished full of running.”

Who Dares Wins enjoys getting his toe in, but how he will take to these conditions is anybody’s guess. However, he did run one of his best races in a quagmire, when finishing fourth in the G1 Prix du Cadran at Longchamp in 2019.