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 –…

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…

FROST COVERS ALL IN PLACE – GROUND REMAINS SOFT

Frost covers were in place on the New Course (racing on Thursday and Friday) at Cheltenham Racecourse by 2pm today. This follows frost covers being put in place on the Old Course (racing on Tuesday & Wednesday) yesterday. The vulnerable areas on the Cross Country course, used for one race on Tuesday, have also been covered. The total area protected by covers of the Old Course and the New Course is 65 acres or the equivalent of 45 football pitches. This has involved 630 individual…

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