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Cheltenham racecourse

Cheltenham: was saved by its frost covers and will race on New Year's Day

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Cheltenham races on as inspection cancelled

CHELTENHAM will go ahead with its New Year's Day fixture after rising temperatures prompted officials to cancel a planned 8am inspection.

With a freezing five-day forecast revealed last week clerk of the course Simon Claisse took no chances and laid covers over the enitre course on Sunday.

Overnight temperatures dipped to as low as -5C during the week but with preventative measures in place Cheltenham was always confident of racing and conditions even improved on Wednesday night.

 

Cheltenham spokesman Andy Clifton said: "The temperature dropped to minus two overnight but there are no problems or real need to take a look and racing goes ahead."

 
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