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Cheltenham 10.3.13

Cheltenham: frost covers did their job as temperatures dipped to -4C

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Cheltenham passes Wednesday inspection

DAY two of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead as planned on Wednesday after a track inspection called due to a forecast frost revealed no problems.

Temperatures hit -4C overnight but are forecast to rise to 5C by the early afternoon, leaving clerk of the course Simon Claisse satisfied his racecourse has evaded winter's icy grip for the second day in a row.

Claisse and his ground staff had covered the track with frost covers immediately following the close of racing on Tuesday.

The going is reported as good to soft, soft in places.

Claisse said: "It got down to around -4C overnight but there was no frost under the covers at all which was grand."

The forecast for Wednesday is for sunny spells, with wintry showers this afternoon and a sharp frost tonight as temperatures fall to -6C.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country, which was cancelled on Tuesday and rescheduled for Thursday's card, remains subject to an 8am inspection on the day of racing.

Claisse said: "The Cross Country is in much better shape this morning, we've still got some frozen places but it's not so bad and we haven't had that wind chill overnight of -11C, so we remain very optimistic."

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