Cheltenham New Year's Day card off due to waterlogging

General view during the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2020 in Cheltenham, England.
Image: Cheltenham is off on NYD

Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting has been abandoned because of waterlogging.

An inspection was due to take place at the course at 830am 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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The seven-race card was due to feature the Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle.

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