Cheltenham’s clerk of the course (the official responsible, among other things, for preparing the ground and announcing the ‘going’ on which many punters base their form study) today changed the going to good to soft from soft, good to soft in places on both the hurdle and chase courses.
Mr Claisse said:
“The forecast suggests it will stay dry until Wednesday, but unsettled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with showers, some of which may be wintry on Friday night.
“There are a couple of overnight frosts forecast for before Wednesday, but they are not expected to be too bad and we are expecting day-time temperatures of 7C and 8C.”
Cheltenham’s executive have a formal policy of aiming to produce ground no firmer than good to soft on day one of the Festival. I will be writing an article on the pros and cons of this objective.