Sunday 17 December 2017

Cheltenham set for morning inspection as temperatures to plummet overnight

12 March: The protective covers are removed from the racecourse ahead of the first day's racing at Cheltenham
12 March: The protective covers are removed from the racecourse ahead of the first day's racing at Cheltenham

The second day of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday is under threat from the cold snap, with a precautionary inspection called for 8am.

Overnight temperatures are forecast to get as low as minus 5C and eventually rise to 4C in the afternoon.

Tuesday's opening day card went ahead 35 minutes later after a mid-morning inspection and the loss of the cross-country race.

The going is described as soft, good to soft in places on both chase and hurdle courses.

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