Cheltenham Forced To Abandon New Year's Day Fixture

Cheltenham have been forced to cancel their exciting New Year's Day card as the Gloucestershire track continued to feel the full effects of the inclement weather that has hit British shores over the festive period.  It is their first abandonment since 2008 and it will see the likes of the Dipper Novices' Chase fall foul to what would've been very testing conditions.

IMG, new producers of the new-look Channel Four coverage will also be disappointed that the Prestbury Park venue has been forced to call the fixture off, as it was going to be their exciting start to their new venture, in which the terrestrial channel will have a new-look team with Clare Balding switching from the BBC.

However, they are expected to still provide some live racing from Musselburgh and Balding will now be presenting a live link from Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows stable in what should at least hand viewers a festive treat with some of his stars likely to feature prominently in the show.

Oscar Whisky, who could be a leading light come the Cheltenham Festival in March, was expected to run at the track on Tuesday, as he looks to cement his place as one of the star hurdlers in training, but the bumper crowd that was expected will now have to wait to see the Dai Walters-owned star in what will be a depleted day's racing in the UK & Ireland.

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