Home » Today’s revised Cheltenham Festival race times as Cross Country Chase is abandoned

Today’s revised Cheltenham Festival race times as Cross Country Chase is abandoned

The weather has wreaked havoc on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival as a waterlogged track means the Cross Country Chase has been kiboshed.

The cross-country course being unsuitable for racing means one of Gordon Elliott’s best chances of a winner and Delta Work’s hat-trick attempt is down the drain.

Speaking on The Opening Show on ITV4, Jon Pullin, the clerk of the course at Cheltenham, said: “Firstly, we’re all as a team gutted we’re not able to stage the race. There’s a lot of effort that goes into putting this race on and the team are really sad we’re not able to.

“We’ve been struggling for a while, the going on this cross-country course has been heavy, soft in places, and even waterlogged a week ago. We’ve struggled to get into a good position and unfortunately that 11mm of rain has tipped us over the edge and it’s really not safe. The ground moves under your feet and water comes up and we have no choice but to abandon.

“We looked at a contingency to move it to Friday, which we wanted to do, but the updated forecast tells us that there’s another 3-4mm tomorrow and possibly on Friday. This track would need dry weather to give it a chance.

“There is still racing on the Old Course, however, but the six races still on the schedule have been given new start times to avoid leaving a big gap in the middle of the day.

“The opening race, the Gallagher Novices’ Hurdle featuring hype horse Ballyburn, has been shoved back 15 minutes, the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase is delayed by 20 minutes and the Coral Cup will now take place 25 minutes later than planned.

“The feature race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, will start at 4 pm instead of 3:30 pm so hot favourite El Fabiolo will have an extra half hour at the stables.

Today’s Revised Cheltenham Race Times

13:45 (from 13:30): Gallagher Novices’ Hurdle
14:30 (from 14:10): Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
15:15 (from 14:50): Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
16:00 (from 15:30): Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
16:50 (no change): Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase
17:30 (no change): Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Cheltenham Day 2 Tips

Read More on the Cheltenham Festival 2024

The latest racing odds are on PaddyPower.com now

The Paddy Power Guide To Safer Gambling – Everything You Need To Know