Cheltenham is in severe danger of being hit by further bad weather this week as the Festival nears, with several trainers going to extreme lengths to ensure there are no problems with their horses, according to a report on the Express.

Trainer Alan King believes that the weather and ground are too bad, so has pulled out his horses Dingo Dollar and Mia’s Storm who will now both not be running.

The Festival is set to commence tomorrow but the event organisers are keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecast as there is expected to be more heavy rain before the event begins.

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The trainers have been having a look at the condition of the course and some of them, like King, believe that it will be very challenging to race on.

King said:

Where the fresh ground is, it’s not too bad at all. But there’s not a huge amount of it.

On the ground that’s been raced on through the winter, it’s showing signs of having taken a hammering. It’ll be testing.

The first race is scheduled to take place at 1:30 PM tomorrow and there is some hope that the course can dry up slightly before that time, but that is looking very unlikely.

The condition of the track could also affect the spectacle for the fans, with one trainer especially concerned that the races could be very messy.