Fog Cheltenham - 12/3/2012

Cheltenham: mist covers the course on Monday morning

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Good, good to soft going likely for start of festival

SELECTIVE watering will take place at Cheltenham on Monday with a going description of good, good to soft in places expected for the start of the festival onTuesday.

The Old course, which is used for the first two days of the four-day spectacular, remained good, good to soft in places overnight and with no rain forecast, officials will water parts of the track to maintain the ground description.

Speaking from a misty Cheltenham on Monday morning, clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: "We'll be doing some selective watering on the hurdle and chase courses to maintain the current conditions and I'd expect us to still be good, good to soft tomorrow."

The cross-country course, used for the only time during the festival on Tuesday and described as good to firm, will also be watered on Monday.

"We'll put a little bit of water on the cross-country course although some parts may end up firm at 4pm tomorrow," added Claisse.

The mist is expected to lift with the weather brightening up and temperatures reaching 15C on Monday.

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