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Cheltenham forced to inspect again

OFFICIALS at Cheltenham are inspecting the course again following the running of the 12.30 race, due to frozen ground.

The course passed a 11.30am inspection in the morning, but concerns from jockeys and trainers have forced officials to delay the card and inspect again.

Will Kennedy, who rode in the opener, said: "I didn't like the ground - it was inconsistent. It was meant to be soft, heavy in places but there was not a bit of kickback.

"I would not have called it safe and wouldn't want to run a horse on it."

Tony McCoy, who finished second to the Barry Geraghty-ridden Radium in the opener, said: "It seems to be riding fine and it's what they're saying it is."

Jockey Richard Johnson said: "It's not great as it's still a bit patchy out there."

The following six horses are out of the 1.05 - Nenuphar Collonges, Mr Strachan, Any Currency, Palypso Creek, King Harald and NeverSo Blue.

These join Hennessy who was withdrawn earlier.

More to follow . . .

 
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