Officials at Cheltenham expect the ground at Prestbury Park to continue to dry out over the next few hours with the Festival set to get under-way on Tuesday afternoon. After one of the wettest winters in recent memory, the sun has finally come out over the last few days which is just in time for the biggest week in National Hunt racing. England was bathed in sunshine over the weekend with Cheltenham clerk of the course, Simon Claisse, reporting on Sunday afternoon that going was currently good to soft on both the chase and the hurdle courses.
With more sunshine predicted throughout Monday that going description could well change again with the ground expected to get better and better in the hours before the Supreme Novices Hurdle gets under-way. The temperatures will be slightly lower on Tuesday according to the latest weather forecast but it will remain dry which should ensure that the ground continues to dry out at a considerable rate.
The Cheltenham Going has been a talking point all winter with the wet weather having a major impact with the fixtures so far this season. Trials Day back in January was run in near bottomless ground which is a story reflected across the country and good ground this week during the Festival, could well see the form books thrown out of the window. Horses have been running on testing ground all season so far and the better ground on offer this week is sure to see some horses improve plenty, which consequently could lead to one or two shock results over the next four days.