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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013: First day's racing goes ahead
10:32am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Sport
THIS afternoon's opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is set to go ahead as planned, although the start will be delayed by 35 minutes.
Clerk of the course Simon Claisse was forced to call a 10.30am inspection as parts of the course were frozen following a -12C wind chill overnight.
The track passed that inspection, although the first race has been put back from 1.30pm to 2.05pm.
The cross country course was due to be in action at 4pm but that race is now scheduled for 5.45pm.
However, if the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase is to go ahead, the banks course must pass a further inspection at 2.15pm.
Claisse said: "We're going ahead, but we're delaying the first race until 2.05pm.
"We're going to have a further inspection of the cross-country course at around 2.15pm, with a view to running the race at 5.45pm."
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