Conditions will determine Ascot line-ups

Underfoot conditions will determine the final line-up for tomorrow’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot for which 12 horses have stood their ground.

Underfoot conditions will determine the final line-up for tomorrow’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot for which 12 horses have stood their ground.

Godolphin’s long-time ante-post favourite Sakhee and Henry Cecil’s High Pitched could miss the midsummer highlight if the going is considered too firm for them.

A decision on Sakhee’s participation is set to become clearer later today.

Godolphin’s jockey Frankie Dettori told attheraces: ‘‘Basically until we arrive there on Friday and have a look at the ground then, no decision will be made.

‘‘I’m in the dark as much as the punters and everybody else.

‘‘Both horses are in top form and ready to go - now it’s down to the ground and see how Ascot rides on Friday.’’

Henry Cecil has left in High Pitched but has warned that the four-year-old will only run if there is sufficient rain.

‘‘If the ground is firm, I just can’t run him,’’ said Cecil.

‘‘He’s very talented but on fast ground he saves himself. He’s a 10lb better horse with cut.’’

John Dunlop would also like to see the ground ease for his 2000 St Leger winner Millenary.

His jockey Pat Eddery said: ‘‘He won at Newmarket (Princess Of Wales’s Stakes) where he was very brave and got up to win. He never runs a bad race - he’s a very consistent horse - but I would prefer it if we got some rain.’’

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