Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day meeting abandoned

Heavy rainfall has lead to Friday’s seven-race card being called off on Wednesday morning

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture has been abandoned. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture has been abandoned. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

 

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day meeting has been abandoned because of waterlogging.

An inspection was due to take place at the course at 8.30am on Wednesday — but shortly beforehand, a Tweet from Cheltenham’s official account reported that the scheduled card will not take place.

It read: “New Year’s Day Racing abandoned.

“Following 85mm of rainfall since last Wednesday, there are areas of waterlogged ground across the width of the course, and it is therefore not raceable.”

The seven-race card was due to feature the Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle.

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