Cheltenham: turning dry from midweek onwards according to forecasts
Cheltenham ground drying but rain forecast
THE going at Cheltenham was heading towards good to soft on Sunday but with as much as 9mm of rain forecast before Monday morning, there is unlikely to be any official going change from soft in the immediate future.
Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said on Sunday afternoon: "There's no change, it was heading towards good to soft this morning but it's raining now. There's more rain forecast for tonight and we could get anywhere between 5-9mm into tomorrow."
Looking further ahead, he added: "There are bits and pieces of rain for the early part of the week, then it's turning dry from midweek onwards. The chase and hurdle courses are soft and the cross-country circuit is soft, heavy in places."
>> Mossey Joe will miss the CGA Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham and will be aimed at Aintree instead, according to his owner Barry Connell who acquired the seven-time chase winner for £160,000 at Brightwells in January.
The 11-year-old joined Enda Bolger's yard following the sale and speaking at Leopardstown on Sunday, Connell said: "Mossey Joe is fine but we've just run out of time in having him ready for Cheltenham. We'll wait for Aintree where he will run in either the Crabbie's Grand National or the Foxhunters. It will then be on to the Punchestown festival."
A 33-1 shot for the Grand National, Mossey Joe has not run since trouncing his rivals by 20 lengths in the Champion Hunters' Chase at Stratford in June when trained by Declan McNamara.