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Cheltenham gets go-ahead for day three

RACING goes ahead on day three of the Cheltenham Festival after officials decided there was no need for an 8am inspection of the hurdle and chase courses, although there is a check for the cross-country track.

The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is the feature race of the day and the action starts with the Jewson Novices' Chase at 1.30.

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse was due to inspect at 8am, but was able to make an early call.

"Under the covers that we've had down on the New course since Sunday the ground is lovely - no frost in it at all," said Claisse, who confirmed the going as good to soft, soft in places.

The cross-country course - unraceable on Tuesday - needs to pass an inspection at 2.15pm and Claisse added: "It was nearly fit by the end of yesterday afternoon. It's still frozen in places, but temperatures are expected to rise to 5/6C by lunchtime and the race isn't until 5.15. I think it's got every chance."

The first three days of the meeting have been subject to inspections, but Claisse does not anticipate any problems for Fiday, Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup day.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "There is no frost forecast overnight and that'll be a relief to everybody."

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