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Waterlogging forces Cheltenham to abandon New Year's Day fixture

Updated: Monday, 31 Dec 2012 10:14 | Comments

The Cheltenham card was due to feature the Dipper Novices' Chase
The Cheltenham card was due to feature the Dipper Novices' Chase

Cheltenham's fixture on New Year's Day has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Course officials at Prestbury Park had scheduled a 3pm inspection on Monday afternoon, but saw no reason in delaying the inevitable.

With further rain forecast, the track remains unraceable in places due to saturated ground.

Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse told At The Races: "Sadly we've had to take the decision earlier than we thought to abandon the meeting. A lot more rain is forecast." 

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