Claisse explains Cheltenham ground

The going description at Cheltenham was changed to soft, good to soft in places from good to soft after the third race on Saturday.

The going at Cheltenham was changed after the third

Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse explained at the end of the day's racing: "I had an inclination that with the amount of rain that we had, that the amount of water that was hanging around on the top of the ground might just get in there [and soften up the going].

"I think that is what happened about mid-way through the card. I don't know whether the race-times back that up or not."

Looking ahead, he said: "We think it will be dry from now on – but we also thought it was going to be dry throughout the afternoon today, but it wasn't.

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"I will be back out there walking the course tonight, but I think we will leave the going description as it is tonight."

He added: "It was a day of fantastic racing, with a very competitive BetVictor Gold Cup won by Taquin Du Seuil.

"It was great to see Thistlecrack get round, and we had 32,000 people here today.

"Tomorrow's racing is very good as well, with three Grade Twos on the card and the Greatwood Hurdle, which is always highly competitive."

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