Strong winds forecast puts day two of Cheltenham Festival under threat

• Winds reaching a peak of around 40 miles per hour are forecast
• Track officials reportedly may extend meeting to Saturday

Cheltenham racecourse said on Tuesday that it is “continually monitoring the situation” ahead of the second day of the Cheltenham Festival amid fears that the Champion Chase card could be threatened by a forecast of high winds overnight and into Wednesday.

“The forecast is looking challenging with strong gusting winds throughout the day,” Simon Claisse, the clerk of the course, said before the first race of this year’s Festival meeting on Tuesday. “We are continually monitoring the situation and will keep racegoers informed as the conditions present themselves.”

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