CLAISSE TALKS GROUND
On the morning of the third day of The Festival™ presented by Magners, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse commented: "If you look at the clock, the ground yesterday wasn't as slow as some of the riders were suggesting.
"Yesterday afternoon, before close of play, we changed the going on the New Course, which we are opening up today to Good to Soft, Soft in places.
"We had two millimetres of rain overnight. Our forecast is to have a dry but cloudy afternoon with a bit of wind.
"Day three of The Festival 2019 will start with a light rain as forecast which is meant to peter out by the end of the morning.
"We can look forward to a dry, but blowy afternoon.
"The going on the Chase and Hurdle courses is Good to Soft, Soft in places.
"We expect racing to be as scintillating this afternoon as it was yesterday when two of our favourites, Altior and Tiger Roll, strutted their stuff and coming back to rapturous applause in the winner's enclosure."
4.10pm Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Class 1) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 184y
10 Ballyhill (FR) (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)
20 Romain de Senam (FR) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)