Cheltenham likely to go ahead despite forecast

ALTHOUGH winds of up to 50mph are forecast for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, organisers of the event say they are confident the meeting will go ahead.

Wednesday, was the day racing was cancelled due to high winds 11 years ago and the current forecast is for winds of 40 miles per hour this Wednesday, but forecasters say that the predicted 50 mph or more from midday this year has time to change in the next few days.

They are hopeful it may change for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Meanwhile there are hopes that Nicky Henderson’s horse Santini, will be able to take part in the RSA Chase. Santini is second favourite for the race – but he has been suffering from a foot problem.

Trainer Nicky Henderson
Photo: John Simpson

A decision will be  made tomorrow morning about whether he will be fit to take part- although he has been reported to be doing well and has been out cantering.

Other news is that Philip Kirby Racing has decided that  Lady Buttons runs in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, ridden by Tommy Dowson.

Meanwhile runners in the Racing Post Arkle Chase include Articulum, Clondaw Castle, Duc Des Gebievres, Glen Forsa, Hardline, Kalashnikov, Knocknanuss, Lalor, Ornua, Paloma Blue, Slate House, Us and Them.








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