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    doyley
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    Hello,

    They HAVE to aim for G/S, or good at the very most
    Many years ago the going went to good to firm. I believe this going ‘encouraged’ the horses to go faster culminating in nine deaths (correct me if I am wrong with that number).
    Ironically the majority were hurdlers.
    At the Festival, speed and hyped up jockeys lead to tragedy. G/F will invite such calamaties.

    regards,

    doyley

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    MarkTTMarkTT
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    I was there in 2006 when the going quickened on the Wednesday but, in my opinion, it was partly due to an inconsistent covering of grass and the conditions leading up to the race which changed during the week – cold wintery weather followed by showers and then a mild spell, all within a week.

    There was a mini pile up at the last in the Coral Cup and that afternoon i can recall a massive cheer going up when a horse walked out from behind the covers.

    #804858
    ZamorstonZamorston
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    See in the last 48 hrs we’ve gone from all dry to heavy rain on Sunday and showers on Monday….I’m sure they just guess these forecasts….looks like any decision on watering could be taken out of their hands….?

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    DiamondGeezerDiamondGeezer
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    This is the best forecast, specifically aimed at the racecourse

    Weather forecast for the racecourse next week

    http://www.myweather2.com/Horse-Racing/United-Kingdom/Cheltenham-Racecourse.aspx

    #805177
    homersimpson
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    This is the best forecast, specifically aimed at the racecourse

    Weather forecast for the racecourse next week

    http://www.myweather2.com/Horse-Racing/United-Kingdom/Cheltenham-Racecourse.aspx

    So this forecast shows just over 1mm of rain from now until the start of the Festival. This is different from the forecast I have seen for quite a bit of rain both Sunday and Monday. I’m sure they show different forecasts to say that the forecast was correct. But which one :unsure:

    #805418
    Fran the manFran the man
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    They’ve began watyering and will continue until Sunday morning according to RP

    #805567
    GingertipsterGingertipster
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    Presume the hills around Cheltenham Racecourse mean the track has its own micro-climate, different to surrounding areas. When there’s only a small possibility of significant rain then they have to water – otherwise we MIGHT be starting on good-firm. Of course this also means IF Cheltenham does get the rain it will be softer than it would be without watering. Am sure IF that does happen we’ll get the usual suspects complaining about over-watering, but these things can’t be helped. Unfortunately, nobody KNOWS for certain how much rain they’re going to get. Priority should be to NEGATE the chance of good-firm, a surface that increases the number of injuries and fatalities. Especially when (because it’s “Cheltenham”) connections are more inclined to take a chance with soft ground horses.

    value is everything
    #822708
    GingertipsterGingertipster
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    One thing is for sure: There’s no “good-soft” in the ground. Time says it is genuinely GOOD ground, if anything closer to good-firm than good-soft imo.

    value is everything
    #822709
    ZamorstonZamorston
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    Looks good to me…wondering which course Mark Bradstock walked this morning if they have genuine ground concerns for Coneygree…?

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