Frost may be forecast, but Cheltenham Racecourse chiefs have got it covered
FROST covers may be deployed on the whole of the track at Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of the Festival.
Prestbury Park chiefs will take soundings from weather forecaster John Kettley amid concerns over a drop in temperatures.
Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: "We are going to put down covers on the more vulnerable areas of the course, the take-offs, landings and crossings on Sunday.
"Depending on the forecast we may consider covering the entire track on Sunday.
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"The rain that has been forecast is already falling and we still expect about a further half an inch between now and the first race on Tuesday."
Tom George has added his exciting chaser Mail De Bivre to the field for Wednesday's Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The Slad trainer believes the drop back to two miles will be to the gelding's advantage after he faded over three miles last time out.
The entries for the Champion Chase are headed by hot favourite Sprinter Sacre and past winners Sizing Europe and Finian's Rainbow.
All tickets for Gold Cup day next Friday have sold out.