Ascot’s ground is reported to have improved slightly ahead of day four of the Royal meeting.
A deluge of rain on Thursday resulted in some testing conditions, but following only around a millimetre of further rain overnight, the going has tightened up a little.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels said: “It was dry after racing yesterday evening, up until 4am, when it started to rain lightly. We have had nearly a millimetre since racing yesterday and most of that has been this morning.
“We have dried up a little on the straight course since yesterday and it is now good to soft. It is soft, good to soft in places on the round course.
“The rain ahead of and during racing on Thursday really got into the ground and I was actually surprised quite how well the track has taken it. In the Gold Cup, Ryan Moore led the field and shunned the rail, so it is not as worn as I expected it to be.
“Any rain should clear by this afternoon.”
While the ground has slightly dried, Sir Michael Stoute has still deemed it unsuitable for Mubakker, who has been ruled out of Saturday’s Wokingham.