Cheltenham runners face soft ground as Festival gets underway

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  • Following yesterday’s rainfall the going on the Old Course at Cheltenham, which will be used for racing on Tuesday and Wednesday including the Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase, has changed to good to soft.

    The going on the cross-country course is now good to soft, soft in Places.

    The action at Prestbury Park switches to the New Course on Thursday and Friday, and the going on that course is currently good to soft.

    Cheltenham Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse, said: “I have changed the going to good to soft on both the Old and New courses following a total of 13mm of rain since Sunday night.

    “Both courses are in fantastic condition and I cannot wait until the tremendous racing starts this afternoon.”

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