WEDNESDAY'S STEWARDS' REPORTS
2.30pm QUEEN MARY STAKES (Group 2)
Permission was given for CHELSEA CLOISTERS (USA) to go early and be ponied to the start, for SECOND GENERATION to wear a hood in the Parade Ring, and for SNAZZY (IRE) to go early to post. The Starter reported that COME ON LEICESTER (IRE) was the subject of a third criteria failure. Richard Hannon was informed that the filly could not run until the day after passing a stalls test.
3.05pm. QUEEN'S VASE (Group 2)
LYNWOOD GOLD (IRE) wore earplugs in the Parade Ring only. Rounding the first bend, JEREMIAH, unplaced, which was running keenly, clipped the heels of SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE), placed second. After viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved and it had not improved the placing of SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE). Following the race, Oisin Murphy reported that JEREMIAH, unplaced, ran too free.
3.40pm DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES (Group 2)
The performance of HYDRANGEA (IRE), which started favourite and finished unplaced, was considered. The representative of Aidan O'Brien could offer no explanation for the filly's performance. HYDRANGEA (IRE) was routine tested. Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that LINCOLN ROCKS, unplaced, had lost her left fore shoe. Hollie Doyle reported that BILLESDON BESS, unplaced, lugged left-handed throughout.
4.20pm PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Following the race, Frankie Dettori reported that CRACKSMAN, placed second, was never travelling; the colt was routine tested.
5.00pm. ROYAL HUNT CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
Permission was given for MASTER MERION (USA) to go early and be ponied to the start, for MUKALAL to go early to post, for KEYSER SOZE (IRE) to be mounted in the chute, and for CIRCUS COUTURE (IRE) to wear over-reach boots to the start.
5.35pm JERSEY STAKES (Group 3)
Permission was given for ARBALET (IRE) to wear a hood in the Parade Ring. HEADWAY and SOCIETY POWER (IRE) wore earplugs which were removed at the start. Approximately 1 furlong out, GLORIOUS JOURNEY, unplaced, lugged quickly right-handed, taking ARABIAN COAST (IRE), unplaced, marginally off its intended line. After viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved. Jamie Spencer, the rider of SOCIETY POWER (IRE), placed second, was suspended for 2 days for using his whip above the permitted level inside the final furlong and a half. Following the race, Jim Crowley reported that EMARAATY, which started favourite and finished unplaced, stopped quickly; the colt was routine tested.
Crowd up again
Wedneday's attendance on day two of Royal Ascot 2018 was 41,495, up from 40,108 on the second day in 2017.
Yesterday's first day attendance came to 46,773 (44,285 in 2017).
Watering of the track
Warm weather and more to come means the sprinklers will be turned on at Royal Ascot on Wednesday evening to replace any moisture lost through evaporation and to maintain the Good to Firm going.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels said: "I'm really pleased with how the ground has played out today and I've had good reports again from all involved.
"We are going to be putting four millimetres of water on again this evening to replace any moisture that has evaporated.
"We are also going to remove the false rail from the nine-furlong marker to the home straight tonight to provide some fresh ground on the inner for tomorrow.
"The forecast is for more of the same weather for the rest of the week - it will be another dry day on Thursday, probably breezy and with sunny spells, and with temperatures of around 21 degrees."