Punchestown: "It's going to be the most testing festival for some time"PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Rain triggers going change at Punchestown
HEAVY rain at Punchestown overnight has dramatically changed the ground with conditions verging on heavy and more downpours forecast before the start of the track's festival on Tuesday.
On Sunday the going was good to soft, soft in places but following 13mm of rain it has eased to soft, soft to heavy in places on the hurdle and chase courses.
Racing manager Richie Galway said: "It is going to be the most testing festival for quite some time. When I started in 1998 it was a very hard week and the ground was heavy throughout and we could get the same here.
"We have the benefitthat we have been able to rest the ground all winter and we have fresh ground every day on the hurdle track, but we are due up to 30mm before Friday when the showers are forecast to clear."
The ground on the cross-country course was also changed to soft from good, good to soft in places.