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Testing Ground Expected for Champion Stakes

THE heaviest rain forecast for Ascot this week is due on Tuesday night but the track has ruled out changing the running order of Saturday's Qipco British Champions Day card because of the possibility of testing ground.

Clerk of the course Chris Stickels confirmed there would be no change to the race timings on Saturday, despite a report suggesting it was under consideration. The Qipco Champion Stakes, in which Frankel will star, is the fifth of the six races on the card.

He said: "What I confirmed was that the running order change was theoretically possible, but we are not going to make any changes. The track is soft, it's in good shape."

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