Cheltenham Festival 2019: Wednesday’s racing faces inspection

Racegoers battled the wind and heavy rain on the Festival’s opening day on Tuesday

The 2d day of the Cheltenham Festival will be plagued by sturdy winds with officials warning of an inspection on Wednesday morning.

Gusts of as much as 50mph are expected, which would per chance show abominable thanks to the be conscious’s non eternal stands.

“We wished to provide you an early perception into prerequisites for the following day because the forecast is searching sturdy,”said clerk of the course Simon Claisse.

“We’re monitoring the procedure back and will bear to defend racegoers instructed.”

In 2008, Wednesday racing used to be known as off thanks to excessive winds, with races rescheduled to bumper playing cards on the Thursday and Friday.

However, it’s miles seemingly any reorganisation this One year would involve extending the competition into Saturday and now now not staging extra races on Thursday and Friday, thanks to horse welfare concerns.

Talking on Tuesday afternoon, course director Ian Renton said he used to be “hopeful” racing would traipse forward as deliberate but no resolution would be made until Wednesday.

The weather forecast has also affected the plans of boots Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, who bear stabled some of their runners for later in the week at Aintree thanks to fears ferry traipse back and forth will be disrupted by the sturdy winds.

Mullins, speaking on ITV, said: “We bear needed to traipse back and forth them in each build the closing two days with some staying at Aintree.

“Attributable to of thenew travelling protocolswe needed to bear the horses swabbed 72 hours earlier than the competition (following the latestequine flu outbreak)and due to the this truth ideally suited had 24 hours to traipse back and forth.”

Wednesday’s scheduled racecard

13:30 – Ballymore Inexperienced persons’ Hurdle Speed 2m 5f

14:10 – RSA Insurance protection Inexperienced persons’ Steeple Move 3m 80y

14:50 – Coral Cup Hurdle (handicap hurdle) 2m 5f

15:30 – Betway Queen Mom Champion Steeple Move 1m 7f 99y

16:10 – Glenfarclas Unfavorable Nation Move 3m 6f 37y

16:50 – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Speed 2m 87y

17:30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper 2m 87y

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