Day three at the Cheltenham Festival goes ahead after early inspection

Last Updated: 14/03/13 1:04pm

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Cheltenham: Day three on after early inspection

Cheltenham: Day three on after early inspection

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This afternoon's meeting at the Cheltenham Festival has survived an early-morning inspection and goes ahead as scheduled.

Although overnight temperatures dipped to a shuddering minus 7C, clerk of the course Simon Claisse was able to give the fixture the thumbs-up at first light.

The chase course and hurdles course have been passed fit - with the going good to soft, soft in places - but the cross-country track, due to stage the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase, must still pass an 11am inspection.

Claisse said: "The frost covers have done their job marvellously well.

"Without the wind-chill, we should really be surviving those sorts of temperatures at this time of the year.

"Everything is hunky-dory under the covers, so we've had a good couple of days.

"We are due to get up to 5-6C today, with the possibility of between three and four millimetres of rainfall."

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