Matt Chapman: Royal Ascot weather forecast means there are antepost angles to consider

Matt's ready to get his tan on!

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Whisper it quietly but the weather forecast for Royal Ascot 2022 looks absolutely glorious. We don’t want to scare the sun away but the word ‘heatwave’ very much applies if the meteorologists know their onions.

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As well as not having to take a brolly to the meeting, being certain about the forecast means we have a pretty good idea about the course conditions four days from the off.

It left Paddy Power pundit Matt Chapman musing the antepost angles for some of the key races at Royal Ascot 2022 on the latest episode of our From The Horse’s Mouth podcast…

Matt Chapman:

“I’m really looking forward to Royal Ascot.

“The most important thing as far as the horses are concerned, and something that everyone thinking of having an antepost bet has to consider, is the weather.

“Usually, at this time of year we’re trying to work out when it will lash it down and which day the ground will turn heavy or soft. This time around it’s completely different as Royal Ascot is set to be bathed in sunshine every single day with temperatures getting up to 25 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The first sign of any rain is a week on Sunday afternoon.

“Obviously, the weather forecasters find it pretty hard to forecast what’s going to happen in the afternoon let alone a week ahead but, at the moment, it looks like a heatwave and from an antepost angle that’s fascinating.

“Unless they saturate the track with water, I can’t see Homeless Songs running in the Coronation Stakes and that means the favourite is unlikely to turn up so that makes that a fascinating race.

“Trueshan and Scope might run in the Ascot Gold Cup if they water massively but they’re not going to get the conditions they want. That changes that race completely and the old boy Stradivarius finally gets the ground he wants.

“It looks like being the first Ascot I can remember where you should know what the ground is every day the weekend before the big meeting.”

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