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Royal Ascot: Three horses who will be suited by softening ground on Thursday

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There has been plenty of rain overnight at Ascot so Timeform identify three horses who will appreciate softening ground.

Sir Dragonet - 13:50 Royal Ascot


Sir Dragonet has twice tackled this ten-furlong trip and he was a beaten odds-on favourite both times. It's possible to make excuses for Sir Dragonet, who was twice returning from an absence and had bigger targets on the horizon so would not have been at his sharpest, but this trip does appear to be short of his optimum. Testing ground will help bring Sir Dragonet's stamina into play, however, and he is clearly one of the class acts in the field based on his wide-margin Chester Vase win (on soft ground) and close-up fifth in the Derby.


King Leonidas - 14:25 Royal Ascot


King Leonidas had no problem with soft ground on debut at Newmarket last season, winning a seven-furlong minor event by a couple of lengths with plenty in hand. He stepped up to a mile on his reappearance at the same course last week and put up a powerful display of galloping to beat a promising rival, running to a much higher level of form. He saw out the mile strongly, so the drop to seven furlongs isn't obviously in his favour, but any rain will help make it a stiffer test and potentially blunt the speed of some of his quicker rivals.


Technician - 15:35 Royal Ascot


Technician improved last season as his stamina was tested and he produced a very smart performance on his final outing of the campaign at Longchamp, winning the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak, beating some of France's leading stayers in the process. The ground was heavy in the Prix Royal Oak - staged over half a furlong short of two miles - and Technician relished the underfoot conditions, seeing things out thoroughly, indicating he should benefit from an even stiffer test.


 


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