False ground a concern ahead of crucial Cheltenham inspection

Flooding at the track has receded overnight.

  • Friday 15 November
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Cheltenham racecourse is recovering after being hit by 40 millimetres of rain on Thursday, but there is still one area of concern for officials ahead of the 3pm inspection for Saturday’s meeting.

The first day of three due to be staged at the track was lost to waterlogging, with parts of the course submerged in water.

When the rain relented conditions did improve, but there is an area of false ground which is worrying clerk of the course Simon Claisse.

“The flooding has receded, although we still have some surface water on some parts of the course,” said Claisse.

“The course is very saturated and there is some false ground coming down the old hill, which stretches across the chase and hurdles course about a third of the way down and at the bottom.

“We expect that to improve through the day, but that would be our main area of concern at this point. There are other areas which we would be able to get around without a problem.

“The forecasts are mostly aligned for tonight, which gives you confidence, and we should be able to cope with what’s forecast, which is around 5-8mm, overnight if the course is where we think it should be this afternoon.”

The going is currently described as soft, heavy in places.

False ground a concern ahead of crucial Cheltenham inspection
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