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Rain soaks Cheltenham

The track at Cheltenham was soaked by heavy showers late on Saturday and the Festival racing looks sure to take place on soft ground, Philip Arkwright, the clerk of the course, predicted yesterday.

"We are right back where we started. The going on the Old Course, which we use on Tuesday and Wednesday, is soft while on the New Course for Thursday it is heavy and soft in places,'' Arkwright said.