Simon Claisse, clerk of the course at Cheltenham, at Cheltenham

Simon Claisse: rainfall on Sunday would be "very welcome"

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Significant rainfall forecast for Cheltenham

CHELTENHAM'S battle against the elements could receive a timely boost on Sunday with a significant amount of rainfall forecast.

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse has faced a struggle to produce his aim of good to soft ground for the first day of the festival due to dry conditions, but a decent amount of rainfall will be a big help.

He said on Saturday: "We had half a millimetre this morning and we are forecast up to 12 millimetres on Sunday, which would be very welcome."

Between ten and 15 millimetresis forecast to fall in the Cheltenham area on Sunday according to a Met Office spokesman, who said: "There will be rain through the morning, which will be heavy at times, between ten and 15 millimetres.

"It will then be dry in the afternoon and a clear night Sunday into Monday, with a risk of frost. That should lift readily out of the ground Monday with a fine and dry day forecast. Tuesday is set to be similar to Monday before things will become more unsettled on Wednesday."

The going at Cheltenham was on Saturday described as good, good to firm in places on the Old and New course, and good to firm, firm in places on the cross country course.

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