Review of the papers on Champion Day

‘Welcome one and all to sporting heaven’ is both a Racing Post headline and a fitting entree to day one at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. Around 55,000 people will attend, and, while racing was put back to allow frost’s exit, those among the gathered mass who buy newspapers will not be short of reading in the lull – the nation’s press has gone overboard, providing rich entertainment in terms of tips, profiles, features, racing news and betting offers. You sense editors have been determined to…

Cheltenham betting news & statistics for Champion Day

The bookmakers have described trading as ‘steady’ this morning ahead of the first day of the Cheltenham Festival as the majority of punters decided to keep their powder dry ahead of the 10.30am inspection.   Betfair’s ‘will racing go ahead?’ market was probably the busiest betting event in the early skirmishes, with ‘Yes’ hitting a high of 1.68 on the exchanges before the meeting was eventually given the green light.   Champion Hurdle sponsors Stan James are top price on every horse in the race…

Chase & Hurdle courses pass inspection

Following the lifting of the frost covers, the Chase & Hurdle courses have passed the 10.30am inspection and racing will go ahead at Cheltenham today, Champion Day and the first day of The Festival. The first race, the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, has been put back 35 minutes, with the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase switched to be the final race of the day. The Cross Country Course has to pass a 2.15pm inspection. The new race schedule for today is: Champion Day –…

Cheltenham – ground news at 8am – inspection 10.30am

After a wind chill of minus12C overnight, a few parts of the Cheltenham track are frozen. There will be an inspection at 10.30am. The going is soft (Chase & Hurdle courses), frozen in a few places under the covers, and also soft on the Cross Country course, which is frozen in a few places too. Simon Claisse, Head of Racing, South West Region & Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, told Channel 4 Morning Line: “It was minus12C in the wind chill just before midnight according…

All the latest news from Cheltenham on the eve of The Festival 2013

GOING NEWS AT 1PM The going remains SOFT on all courses under the frost covers. Simon Claisse, Head of Racing, South West Region & Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course, said today at 1pm: “There are forecast to be occasional wintry showers tonight. These showers are only expected to amount to one millimetre of rain. “We did not get any rain yesterday or overnight, and there has been none so far today. “During The Festival itself, we are expecting the odd shower but nothing significant. “I…

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