Cheltenham abandons New Year's Day racing because of waterlogged course

Horses race at Cheltenham
Organisers say 85mm of rainfall has prompted the cancellation of New Year's Day racing at Cheltenham

New Year's Day racing at Cheltenham has been abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

The seven-race card was due to feature the Grade Two Relkeel Hurdle.

A racecourse spokesperson said: "After 85mm of rainfall since last Wednesday, there are areas of waterlogged ground across the width of the course and it is therefore not raceable."

There remains racing at Exeter, Southwell, Musselburgh and Tramore on 1 January.

The Tramore fixture sees the return of two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo.

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