2019 Cheltenham Festival is NOT cancelled. 2019 Cheltenham Festival to go ahead after equine flu scare. Horse racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday 13th February after a six-day shutdown following an outbreak of equine flu.
Horese racing was suspended in Britain after three cases of equine flu at Donald McCain’s Cheshire stables. Three further cases were later reported at his yard, a total of 174 racing stables had been placed in lockdown.
Trainers will be assessed before they are given the all-clear to have runners. Ascot will hold a bumper nine-race card on Saturday 16th February including The Denman Chase, which had been due to feature last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River, and the Betfair Hurdle.
A decision to resume racing in a “controlled, risk-managed manner” was unanimously supported by an industry veterinary committee, said the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). “This risk has been assessed and, based on the evidence – and ensuring biosecurity measures are in place – the level of risk is viewed as acceptable.” said the BHA’s chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea.
As quoted on BBC Sport 12/02/2019.
The 2019 Cheltenham Festival meeting hosts four days of thrilling action, the highlight of the Jump season. The Cheltenham Festival held at Cheltenham Racecourse to celebrate the very best of jump racing, with over £4.5 million of prize money on offer, these are the key races:
Cheltenham Festival Day 4: Friday 15th March – Gold Cup Day –
Cheltenham Gold Cup
The 2019 Cheltenham Festival Horse Race meeting will be held over 4 days between 12th and 15th March.
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