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Going on the Old Course is good, good to soft in places for day two

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New Course could be watered on Wednesday

WATERING may take place on Cheltenham's New Course after racing on Wednesday with clerk of the course Simon Claisse due to make a decision at some point during Wednesday afternoon.

With no rain expected at the course until after racing on Thursday, Claisse is considering irrigating the course which stages the action for the final two days of the festival.

Speaking to on Wednesday morning, he said: "We are forecast rain after racing on Thursday - three to four millimetres, and we do have the dilemma of whether to apply some irrigation to the New Course.

"We wouldn't begin until around 6.30/7pm tonight, but we will be more certain about how much rainfall we will get in another eight hours time and the decision will be taken sometime in the afternoon."

For day two of the festival a similar conditions are expected, and after a dry night the going is good, good to soft in places.

Claisse added: "We've had a dry night, it's good, good to soft in places on the chase and hurdles courses on the Old Course.

"There are some good to soft patches in the back straight approaching the third last fence. A dry day is forecast with no showers - they look to be sticking to Wales."

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