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Simon Claisse with the latest on the ground ahead of the Cheltenham Festival

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With the Cheltenham Festival now just 12 days away, we've outlined everything you need to know about current ground conditions as the sport gears up for the four-day bonanza, starting on Tuesday, March 16. 


The official going description

The going at Cheltenham is good to soft, soft in places on all courses.


What the groundstaff say

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: "We've had unprecedented rainfall over the winter and the course was flooded three times across 24 or 25 days, which is something I've never seen here in 20 years. But things are improving. We've had eight drying days.

"As things currently stand, I have a good sense that we're going to start on good to soft and something in places, whether it's good in places or soft in places – based on the current forecast."

Cheltenham's Simon Claisse: "The course was flooded three times across 24 or 25 days"

The last racing to go ahead at Cheltenham was the two-day meeting on December 11 and 12.

The track's two meetings since then had to be cancelled – New Year's Day and Trials day on Saturday, January 30. 


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What does the forecast say?

According to Claisse, the dry spell will continue until the early part of next week. He added: "There's a spell of rain but beyond next Wednesday and Thursday it turns slightly cooler and looks like being a dry weekend before the festival." 


What's the latest betting?

Betting is available on the official description of the opening-day ground with Paddy Power.

Paddy Power: 1-5 good to soft, 9-2 soft, 10 good, 33 heavy


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