Cheltenham Festival Going News
Tuesday 11th - Friday 14th March 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
The going at Cheltenham Racecourse has changed to Good to Soft, Good in places at 4pm this afternoon, from Good to Soft.
Simon Claisse, Regional Director of Racing, South West & Clerk of the Course, Cheltenham, said today: "We have had very little cold weather during the winter and that has helped the grass growth.
"Although it has been dry here for eight or nine days, we had so much rain up to then that the course has held on to the moisture pretty well.
"It looks like the week ahead is going to be nice and warm and dry which is fantastic for everybody.
"I have described the going as Good to Soft, Good in places on both chase and hurdle tracks. With the sun coming out this afternoon, the ground down the hill on the Old Course is now good.
"The Cross Country Course, which we are going to use on Wednesday this year, is a little bit easier (Good to Soft, Soft in places). There is some soft ground around the top turn where they start.
"90 per cent of the ground which will be used over the four days of The Festival has not been raced over for 12 months, which means it should take the racing really well.
"This place can dry out fairly quickly. In 2007, we went from heavy the weekend before to a Gold Cup run on good ground. We are going to take things day by day - there is a possibility that the ground will get a bit quick towards the end of the week - it depends on the breeze and what the temperatures get up to."
Cheltenham races on the Old Course tomorrow and on Wednesday, while the action switches to the New Course on Thursday and for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2014 on Friday.