Cheltenham going good to soft, good in places
THE Cheltenham Festival looks set to start on ground described as good to soft, good in places after the dry spell at the course continued overnight.
The going dried to good in places on Monday afternoon and conditions on the Old course, used on Tuesday and Wednesday, remain the same.
Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: “We’re delighted with conditions and we have always cautioned that if we got a dry spell we would dry out relatively quickly despite all the rain we’ve had.”
With no rain falling at the course for over a week and temperatures getting warmer the possibility of watering has emerged. However, Claisse on Tuesday morning maintained his stance that it remained unlikely.
“What will be interesting this week is how much more it dries out over the next four days,” he said. “While it’s unlikely we’ll water if there was any concern about any of the ground becoming good to firm we would make sure that didn’t happen.”
Day one temperatures should reach 12-13C and there might be sunny spells in the afternoon.
The going on the cross-country course remained good to soft, soft in places, while on the New course, where Thursday and Friday’s races will be run, stayed good to soft.