Cheltenham Day 2 Abandoned

With day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival abandoned due to high winds there will be a ten race card on Thursday and a nine race card on Friday. This will be a marathon for all concerned but at least no races will be lost. Unlike in 1975 when Cheltenham was waterlogged and the first day was abandoned. I was driving to Cheltenham on the Tuesday morning with my good friends Steve, Colin and Doug when the news came over the car radio. We were stopping on route at Windsor to collect another good friend Pete. We finished up spending the day there before setting off Tuesday night for Cheltenham via Cirencester where Doug had to be dropped off. Doug, the supplier of our entrance tickets was working for the press and had to file copy that evening. Fortunately racing went ahead on the Wednesday with eight races on very heavy ground. Conditions were like a bog come Gold Cup day and few of the runners appreciated the ground. However Steve and I were keen on the chances of Ten Up ridden by Tommy Carberry with an each way saver on Soothsayer. They finished first and second, Soothsayer’s starting price being 28/1. We finished the meeting in good spirits, the abandonment had not bothered us. Happy memories!

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