Cheltenham going news

The going at Cheltenham Racecourse this morning, Countryside Day, remains unchanged.

The Old Course

Chase & Hurdle - Good, Good to Soft in places.

Cross Country Course - Good, Good to Firm in places (watered).

The GoingStick readings at 6am were Chase & Hurdle 6.8, Cross Country 7.8.

The forecast today is for cloudy, dry & mild weather.

Cheltenham Clerk of the Course and Regional Head of Racing Simon Claisse commented: "It is very mild this morning and not a breath of wind in the air.

"We have had significant rainfall over the last 10 days which was much needed. The rain came between Wednesday last week and Monday this week which has put the chase and hurdle tracks of the Old Course in the ideal condition of being Good, Good to Soft in places.

"We have a stellar card today and over the last four years eight horses who ran on Countryside Day have gone on to success the following March at The Festival™ presented by Magners.

"The Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase (2.25pm) has also produced Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Imperial Commander (2007) and Denman (2006). What will happen today to the Nicky Henderson-trained Mr Whipped, a G2 novice hurdle winner?

"Today also features Tiger Roll, the winner of the Randox Health Grand National in April at Aintree, in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3.00pm). He is a three-time winner at The Festival™ presented by Magners - the JCB Triumph Hurdle over two miles, the National Hunt Chase over four miles and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase earlier this year. He also captured the Masterson Holdings Hurdle at The Showcase here in 2014. Can he enjoy his fifth Cheltenham victory today?

"The Cross Country Course has been watered intensively over the last two and a half weeks. It is Good, Good to Firm in places."