Cheltenham Festival weather and track condition for highly-anticipated Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Festival goes into its final day with the Gold Cup the feature race of the day – and the latest forecast and track conditions make for good reading.

The latest inspection on Friday March 19 has the latest going as good to soft, good (in places) for the final day of the festival.

It has been a mild week at Prestbury park which has led to further drying of the ground.

Simon Claisse, the clerk of the course, told ITV Racing earlier this morning: "There is a little drizzle in the air this morning and the going on the chase and hurdle course is now good to soft, good in places."

Conditions are due to remain dry for the whole day, with some sunshine poking through later in the afternoon.

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What's the latest weather forecast for Cheltenham?

A spot of drizzle was reported on Friday morning, although the outlook is relatively favourable for the remainder of the day, with a gentle breeze and a high of 10c forecast.

What's happening on the final day of the festival?

Rachael Blackmore will seek more racing history on A Plus Tard in Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup, where Al Boum Photo also seeks another landmark.

Al Boum Photo is bidding to become only the second horse since Arkle in the 1960s to win the big race three times.

Trainer Willie Mullins will be hoping he can emulate the last – Best Mate, 17 years ago.

13:20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m179y

13.55 – McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m179y

14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m7f213y

15.05 – WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) 3m2f70y

15.40 – St. James's Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase (Class 2) 3m2f70y

16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase 2m4f127y

16.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle 2m4f56y

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