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All bets are off at Cheltenham as racing postponed due to high winds
Written on Wednesday 12th March, 10:36 am by admin
Organisers of the Cheltenham Festival have had to cancel the second day of racing after overnight storms battered the course and facilities, causing damage and making the grounds unsafe for visitors.

Strong winds had caused major damage to many of the temporary marquees in hospitality area. Debris was scattered all around the prestigious Prestbury track and needs to be cleared before racing can commence.

About 55,000 people had been due to attend the Wednesday race card, but will now have to settle for a refund instead. TheCheltenham festival management say that Wednesday's races will now be run on Thursday and Friday's meeting.

Managing director Edward Gillespie told the BBC: "On Tuesday night we had a forecast indicating wind speeds with gusts of over 50mph up to and including Wednesday afternoon.

"That means that many of the temporary facilities might not be safe. It's a west wind, which would take any debris onto the racecourse.

"We have had one structure blow over this morning at 0700 while at the moment the tented village is not a safe site.

"However, the good news is we can race all the races over the next two days. It's very sad. It's the last thing we expected in the build-up to this meeting."

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