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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Cheltenham not expecting overnight rain to have an effect on going

Cheltenham clerk of the course and director of racing Simon Claisse
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Cheltenham could catch up to 4mm of rain overnight but Gold Cup day promises to be bright and sunny.

Speaking just before Thursday's final race, after a largely dry day, clerk of the course Simon Claisse, who left the going description as 'soft, heavy in places' for the final festival afternoon, said: "We're right on the fringe of a front which is moving up through Wales, but it's due to clear by dawn into a bright and sunny day and temperatures of 11C or 12C."

He added: "One or two jockeys have said to me that they didn't think it had been as testing today as yesterday, and I don't think 4mm would make much difference. 

"We have fresh chase ground tomorrow all the way round the Gold Cup track, and we'll take a view on moving rails on the hurdles track when we have a good look after racing."

 

We could get up to 4mm of rain, but it is due to clear by dawn into a bright and sunny day and temperatures of 11 or 12 degrees
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