Cheltenham Festival 2019 has had to contend with some unpredictable weather after Storm Gareth hit the UK this week.
And it appears Day Three of the annual event will have to contend with more heavy winds with a yellow warning out in Cheltenham ahead of Thursday’s action.
High winds had threatened Day Two of the festival, but an 8am inspection ruled racing was able to go ahead without any safety fears.
Whilst no further inspection is planned to show racing could be under threat on Thursday, conditions are likely to be far from ideal.
The Met Office have an ongoing yellow wind warning in the area, with spells of gusty winds across the day.
Winds are expected to be more than 20mph with light rain and showers expected throughout the day.
Horses have been running on ground officially listed as soft throughout the week, and there are little signs of that changing ahead of a huge day of racing on Thursday.
The heavy ground has thrown up some major shocks so far and that looks set to continue as punters aim to predict the winners on the penultimate day of the festival.
Rain is mostly scheduled to take place in the morning, starting as early as 4am and continuing until around midday.
It should then clear up before the first race of the day starts at 1:30pm, the JLT Novices’ Chase, with it not forecast to return until after the action has finished.
Whilst conditions may be windy, it seems organisers and supporters will be lucky to dodge the wet weather during the bulk of the day.
Given the threat of Storm Gareth, the Festival has remained largely unaffected despite brief fears Day Two could come under serious threat.
Those threats have now subsided, with forecast gusts now way below the 45mph predicted to cause potential problems on Wednesday.
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