Cheltenham ‘Clerk of the Course’ Simon Claisse has stated that the racecourse ground conditions are in ‘fantastic shape’ for next week’s full festival 2017 racing schedule.
With Cheltenham 2017 beginning next Tuesday, Claisse detailed that the Cheltenham Old Course ground was ‘good to soft’ and that the same conditions could be seen for the Cheltenham New Course ground which will stage Thursday and Friday’s festival racing.
Weather dependent the Cheltenham Festival 2017 is currently in perfect conditions for punters backing their horses. Speaking to UK racing new website Sporting Life, Claisse detailed :
“The forecast remains unsettled, with bits and pieces of rain coming in during the course of the next week amounting to somewhere between nine and 11 millimetres.”
“I wouldn’t expect much change in the going between now and the start of the Festival. For Festival week we’re looking at temperatures of around 10C with little bits of rain here and there.
“But as I’ve said before, the weather has been so volatile this winter and forecasts change every day, so there is uncertainty, but nothing of concern. I haven’t changed the ground from Sunday, so it’s good to soft on the Old Course and good to soft, good in places on the New Course and the cross-country course.”
“We’re very happy with where we are. The course looks in fantastic shape.”