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BREAKING: Cross Country Chase abandoned on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival

Wednesday’s Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival has been called off after a waterlogged track and will not be rescheduled.

This comes after 11mm of rain feel at the course on Tuesday.

The 12 horse-deep race, including Rachael Blackmore’s Minella Indo, was due to take place at 16:10, with the winner landing a huge £39,022.5, however the remaining six races are all due to continue.

A Cheltenham spokesperson said: “Following 11mm of rainfall throughout yesterday, there has been no improvement in the conditions on the Cross Country Course and with areas of the track unraceable, the Cross Country Chase has sadly been abandoned.

“The forecast for the remainder of the week continues to look unsettled, with further showers likely on both Thursday and Friday.

“There will therefore be insufficient improvement to the Cross Country Course by Friday, and the decision has been taken not to reschedule the race.”

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