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Early going news & non-runners on Champion Day

12th March 2019 Cheltenham

By Racenews

Cheltenahm's Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse, said: "As expected last night we had some strong gusts of wind, although nothing that would give us any concern about public or racing safety.
"Although we were forecasted a few millimetres of rain falling through the night, that didn't materialise.
"We are still expecting now a band of rain to come through in the next couple of hours.
"The going on the Chase and Hurdle courses is Good to Soft, Soft in places. We could get up to half an inch, 12 millimetres of rainfall, between now [9.10am] and 11.30am-12 noon. Then it clears through and it's a much drier afternoon.
"If that rain comes, the ground will go Soft, no doubt about that, but we will wait and see when it arrives."
1.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
6 Elixir de Nutz (FR) (Self Certificate, Lame)
Lake View Lad, who runs in the Ultima Handicap Chase, at Cheltenham this morning 


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