Going update at the end of Champion Day at Cheltenham

The official going description before racing on day one of The Festival 2018 was Heavy, Soft in places, but Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's clerk of the course, changed it after the fifth race to Soft, Heavy in places.


After racing Claisse explained: "We have had some terrific racing this afternoon. We were blessed with some wonderful sunshine, and the ground has stood up very well - the general consensus from the jockeys, and certainly the clock, that it perhaps wasn't quite as slow as we assessed it this morning, which is why we changed the going description after race five to soft, heavy in places."


Looking ahead, Claisse said: "The outlook is for a dry night. We anticipate going conditions on the track to be much the same tomorrow. A dry day is forecast tomorrow with rain coming in Wednesday night into Thursday."