All the latest news from Cheltenham on the eve of The Festival 2013

GOING NEWS AT 1PM The going remains SOFT on all courses under the frost covers. Simon Claisse, Head of Racing, South West Region & Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, said today at 1pm: “There are forecast to be occasional wintry showers tonight. These showers are only expected to amount to one millimetre of rain. “We did not get any rain yesterday or overnight, and there has been none so far today. “During The Festival itself, we are expecting the odd shower but nothing significant. “I…

FROST COVERS ALL IN PLACE – GROUND REMAINS SOFT

Frost covers were in place on the New Course (racing on Thursday and Friday) at Cheltenham Racecourse by 2pm today. This follows frost covers being put in place on the Old Course (racing on Tuesday & Wednesday) yesterday. The vulnerable areas on the Cross Country course, used for one race on Tuesday, have also been covered. The total area protected by covers of the Old Course and the New Course is 65 acres or the equivalent of 45 football pitches. This has involved 630 individual…

12 remain on course for Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

Exciting second-season chasers Bobs Worth, Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs feature among 12 six-day confirmations for the £550,000 Grade One Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.20pm), highlight of Cheltenham Gold Cup Day at The Festival, Friday, March 15. Bobs Worth, currently 11/4 favourite with Betfred, is unbeaten in four starts at Cheltenham and has been successful at The Festival in both the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in 2011 and last year’s RSA Chase. Nicky Henderson’s charge made an impressive seasonal return with victory under a…

Big Guns stand their ground in Ladbrokes World Hurdle on St Patrick’s Thursday. Champion Court in top form ahead of Ryanair Chase

Oscar Whisky and Reve De Sivola head 18 confirmations for the £275,000 Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3.20pm), one of two feature races on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 14, the third day of The Festival. The pair fought out a thrilling finish to the Grade Two Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle over the same course and distance at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, January 26, with Reve de Sivola prevailing by a neck. However, race sponsor Ladbrokes have Oscar Whisky at the top of their market at…

Sprinter Sacre tops 10 Remaining in Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase. Mail De Bievre supplemented

Jump racing’s brightest star Sprinter Sacre heads the 10 contenders for the £365,760 Grade One Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.20pm), the highlight of Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13. Nicky Henderson’s charge is set to go off the shortest-priced favourite for a Festival contest since Arkle at 1/10 in the 1966 Cheltenham Gold Cup with race sponsor Sportingbet making him a 1/4 shot. The seven-year-old won all five of his starts over fences last season, including the Grade One Racing Post Arkle Trophy Chase when…

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