Going at Cheltenham has now eased to soft

Following the unexpected rainfall of 10 millimetres of rain overnight, the official going has now changed to soft.

Although the weather forecast for the week ahead is dry, the official description is now soft, good to soft in places for the start of the Festival.

The Old Course, which is used on the first two days of the meeting, and the New Course that is used on the Thursday and Friday, both are described the same following the rain.

The Clerk of the course, Simon Claisse, reported on Monday 15th at 8.30am: “It was unexpected, yes. No forecast I’d seen suggested more than one or two millimetres last night, and we ended up with just over 10.

“We’ve now gone soft, good to soft in places on all the courses.

“We’re not forecast particularly warm weather – although having said that, the forecast temperatures have gone up a little during the week to what they were earlier.

“We’ll just have to see how things pan out (whether any watering will take place later in the week). It’s too early to speculate.” 

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