Decision to go ahead with Cheltenham beggars belief

Something grotesque about allowing festival to continue in face of coronavirus threat

A view of hand sanitisers in place at the Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A view of hand sanitisers in place at the Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s something grotesque about the logic for this week’s Cheltenham festival going ahead in the face of the threat from coronavirus. That’s because I’ve yet to encounter one person who believes it would happen if it had been scheduled for next week.

By definition most of the 60,000 racegoers who will cram into Prestbury Park every day are happy to be here. They wouldn’t have made the effort to travel from all over these islands - and beyond - otherwise.

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