Tuesday, January 22, 2013
UPDATE ON FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY AT CHELTENHAM
Cheltenham Racecourse is due to stage Festival Trials Day this Saturday, January 26 and, as a result of the hard work of the groundstaff in removing snow lying on the frost covers today, there is increased hope that the meeting can go ahead as scheduled on Saturday.
However, a further one to two centimetres of snow is forecast to fall tonight (Tuesday) and, in the event that the course is unraceable, Cheltenham has reached agreement with the British Horseracing Authority that, weather permitting, Festival Trials Day could instead be staged 24 hours later on Sunday, January 27.
Cheltenham is continuing to liaise with Channel 4 as to the possibility of Festival Trials Day being broadcast on the channel on Sunday, should the eight-race card be moved to that date.
A further update will be issued tomorrow.
Festival Trials Day is the final fixture at Cheltenham before The Festival which this year takes place from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15 inclusive.
The card includes the Grade One Victor Chandler Chase, which was transferred to Cheltenham following the abandonment of Ascot’s fixture on January 19.