By Declan Olley
Last Updated: 13/03/19 6:57am
The second day of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead after passing a precautionary inspection on Wednesday morning.
Bad weather had threatened Wednesday’s racing with winds predicted to reach a peak of around 50 miles per hour but race organisers have given the all-clear for day two at Cheltenham to take place.
A statement from Cheltenham race course said: “Racing at Cheltenham today will go ahead following a precautionary inspection.
“The strength of the winds has now moderated on the forecast allowing Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course, to give the green light early in order to provide certainty to racegoers and participants before many journeys begin.
“We will continue to monitor the weather forecast moving forward.”
The windy weather had raised the possibility of Wednesday’s card, which includes the Queen Mother Champion Chase to be shifted to Saturday but the second day will be completed as scheduled.
Claisse said: “We’re delighted that the weather conditions have changed from the initial forecasts and the prospect of higher wind speeds and gusts have receded.
“We’re looking forward to a fantastic day’s racing on the Old Course with the feature race the £400,000 Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase.”
Wednesday’s racing will also see last year’s Grand National winner Tiger Roll aiming to win the Cross-Country Chase at 4.10pm.
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