With a week to go to the Cheltenham Festival, clerk of the course Simon Claisse has said that there are no current plans to water the track, as forecasts show that up to 15mm of rain is due to fall before next Tuesday’s off time.
Although the course has seen no rain in the last eight days, Claisse is happy with conditions, which he confirmed to be good to soft on the chase and hurdle course and good to soft, soft in places on the cross-country course.
“As it is, with the forecasts, we could get 12-15mm of rain between Thursday through to raceday,” Claisse said. What will come will come, but if the forecasts are right we wouldn’t dream of watering. It’s good to soft now and we’d be that with some soft in places by racing, but one doesn’t want to put too much store by the forecasts.”
The early forecasts for next week are showing a mixture of sunshine and cloud for the first three days of the festival, with rain on Gold Cup day on Friday.