Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase postponed

The Cross Country course is not fit for racing this afternoon, with parts still frozen, and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase has been postponed until 5.15pm on Thursday when the charity Flat race will move to 5.45pm. The transfer to Thursday, rather than tomorrow, will give more time for the course to become raceable again. The declared runners for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase will stand for Thursday’s race.

Latest going plus declarations for Ladies Day, the Ryanair Chase & the Ladbrokes World Hurdle

At 12.15pm the going at Cheltenham improved from ‘soft’ to ‘soft, good to soft in places’ on both the hurdle and chase courses.   The going on the cross-country course remains ‘soft’.   WEDNESDAY’S DECLARED RUNNERS   1.30pm John Oaksey National Hunt Chase (16), 4m 1  Back In Focus (IRE) W. P. Mullins, Ireland 11st 6lb Mr P. W. Mullins 2  Buddy Bolero (IRE) David Pipe 11st 6lb Mr J. J. Codd 3  Drawn N Drank (IRE) Enda Bolger, Ireland 11st 6lb Mr J. T….

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 –…

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