Not long now. Until the roar goes up at Prestbury Park and the 2018 Cheltenham Festival begins.
Let me begin with the obvious - but important.
As of now, March 3rd, we cannot know what the turf conditions will be at Prestbury Park on March 13th.
If all this snow and ice melts on course, you could reasonably expect the going to be soft on day one. Or, at best, Good to Soft. The more usual than not "Good" ground looks unlikely. But the Met Office are suggesting the UK will warm up in time for the festival, so we must . . .
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