12 Mar 2008 Pre-2014 Releases

Cheltenham Abandoned On Wednesday Due To High Winds : All Races To Be Run on Thursday and Friday

Racing at Cheltenham on Wednesday 12th March has been abandoned in the light of very strong winds and a weather forecast which predicts their continuation during the day. The number of temporary structures at the Festival render the site unsafe, which could affect parts of the course, walkways and areas used by horses and stable staff as well as the public.

The weather forecast for Thursday and Friday is much better and the races abandoned today have been rescheduled to be run over those two days, with a first race time of 12.30pm on each day.


Third Day – Thursday 13th March (Old Course)

12.30 The Peter O’Sullevan National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Abt 4m
* 1.05 The Royal & SunAlliance Steeple Chase 3m abt ½f
* 1.40 The Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m abt 4½f
* 2.20 The Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase Abt 2m
* 2.55 The Ryanair Steeple Chase 2m abt 4½f
* 3.30 The Ladbrokes World Hurdle Race Abt 3m
* 4.05 The Racing Post Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) 2m abt 4½f
4.40 The Pertemps Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) Abt 3m
5.15 The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase 3m abt ½f
5.50 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) 2m abt ½f

Fourth Day – Friday 14th March (New Course)

12.30 The David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle Race 2m abt 4½f
* 1.05 The Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m abt 4½f
* 1.40 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) 2m abt 4½f
* 2.15 The JCB Triumph Hurdle Race 2m abt 1f
* 2.50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race abt 3m
* 3.30 The totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m abt 2½ f
* 4.05 The Christie’s Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 3m abt 2½ f
4.40 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 2m abt ½ f
5.20 The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race 2m abt 1f

* Channel 4 Televised Races

For further information please contact:

Paul Struthers 07966 590105
Will Lambe 07816 914409