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Thursday's going good to soft, soft in places following steady rain

The ground has been described as xx by clerk of the course Simon Claisse
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Following 2mm overnight and steady rain this morning, the going for day three of the Cheltenham Festival has been described as good to soft, soft in places, with a GoingStick reading of 6.8.

However, the weather is set to improve with early blustery showers clearing and a brighter afternoon expected, with temperatures of around 11C.

Simon Claisse, clerk of the course, said: "We changed the ground after racing last night to good to soft, soft in places.

"We had 2mm overnight and a further 3mm this morning, and although the ground is slightly more on the soft side and it being a close call, we have decided to keep the going description the same."

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin added: "It's looking to be a gusty Thursday. It's not particularly a cold day but it may feel chilly thanks to the blustery weather."

As of 11.45am there were three non-runners, Romain De Senam (not eaten up) and Ballyhill (bruised foot) from the Brown Advisory Plate at 4.10, and Out Sam (lame) from the closing Kim Muir.


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It's looking to be a gusty Thursday. It's not particularly a cold day but it may feel chilly thanks to the blustery weather
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