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Ground set to dry out further at Cheltenham

Fri 18th Mar 2022, 09:08

Cheltenham Racecourse
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Cheltenham clerk of the course Jon Pullin is anticipating further drying of the ground ahead of Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup day.

Prestbury Park saw heavy rain throughout racing on Wednesday, turning the ground to soft for the start of racing before officially being changed to heavy midway through the card.

However, Thursday was a dry day at the track with conditions improving to soft and Pullin believes good to soft could feature in the Gold Cup ground update.

He said: “We took the heavy in places out of the official going description and went soft all round after walking the course pre-racing, having found that the areas of heavy ground we had identified the night before had dried out well.

“The jockeys now say it’s getting to be a combination of good to soft and soft and when I update in the morning, I definitely envisage good to soft appearing in the description.

“Another dry, bright and sunny day is in prospect, with temperatures up to around 14 degrees.”