Cheltenham’s declared policy of starting the Festival on ground no faster than good to soft has long been a matter of debate. The poll on this blog offers several options in answer to the question: “Do you agree with Festival policy on producing easy ground on day one?”
At the time of writing 34.78% believe that the policy penalises horses who prefer faster ground – a self-evident conclusion perhaps, but it drew five times the number of votes than those concerned about welfare and safety.
You can see the breakdown of percentages on the other answers, and add your own vote here.
All votes are, of course, anonymous.
You can see the current voting pattern by clicking View Results, below the Vote button.
It is a small sample at this stage, but I hope more people will add their opinion as the week progresses so that we have a robust set of figures to send to the Cheltenham management team.