Racecourse abandon fixture after 85mm of rainfall since had left area of the track across the width of the course under water

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day meeting has been abandoned because of waterlogging. An inspection was due to take place at the course at 8.30am on Wednesday – but shortly beforehand, a tweet from Cheltenham’s official account reported that the scheduled card will not take place.

It read: “New Year’s Day Racing abandoned. Following 85mm of rainfall since last Wednesday, there are areas of waterlogged ground across the width of the course, and it is therefore not raceable.”

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