Talking Horses: Adayar and rain could derail Love’s bid for Ascot supremacy

By: Greg Wood Saturday 24 July 2021

The Derby winner and softer ground threaten Love’s chances of glory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The strong chance of heavy rain ahead of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday adds an extra dash of uncertainty to what was already a fascinating renewal of Ascot’s midsummer showpiece.

Some forecasts suggest as much as 10mm by mid-afternoon, which would not be ideal for Love, the overnight favourite, in her attempt to complete a Group One five-timer. Wonderful Tonight, on the other hand, would be a serious contender were the going to end up on the soft side of good.

Related: Love shrugs off break to win Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

Newcastle 1.00 Nibras Shadow, 1.35 Liamarty Dreams, 2.10 Arnside, 2.45 Astrozone, 3.20 Third Kingdom, 3.55 Wynford, 4.30 Second Slip, 5.05 Jebel Dukhan

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