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    droffats
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    Maybe my mind is going but it’s been years since they abandoned a meeting. I know they did New Years Day but apart from that they have always coped.
    I recall back in probaly the 80s they did a lot of work on drainage to stop the course being waterlogged which just shows how much rain we must be enduring at the moment.
    I wonder with global warming if this will become the norm.
    I recall back in the 70s where we could go a couple of weeks without racing in January beacuse of freezing temperatures and therefore frozen courses.
    How things have changed.
    Anyway I just hope it gets the go ahead for Saturday.

    #1520167
    greenasgrass
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    Drains don’t last forever. Mind you, it has dried quite quickly throughout the festival in the very recent past. I suppose it has been quite a wet winter and the ground is saturated.

    #1520188
    espmadrid
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    If the forecast is correct then it’s going to be abandoned. Predicted to be a deluge on Saturday morning.

    If by some miracle it survivies there will be several fences bypassed, which makes it a bit of a farce. There really should be some rule as to the minimum number of obstacles that have to be jumped over each distance.

    The 2m 4f hurdle at Plumpton on Monday where only 2 hurdles were jumped in the entire race was just silly.

    ....and you've got to look a long way back for anything else.

    #1520192
    Nathan Hughes
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    If it gets called off hopefully they can fit it in rearranged soon

    Member since March 2008
    #1520194
    espmadrid
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    Confirmed: ABANDONED

    ....and you've got to look a long way back for anything else.

    #1520203
    The Tatling Cheekily
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    Shame. Hendo mopping his brow – just needs Donny off and its his perfect Saturday!

    #1520204
    homersimpson
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    They abandoned the Friday of the November meeting in 2019 due to a waterlogged course. The one before that I can remember was NYD 2013.

    #1520231
    runandskip84
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    Yes we have had massive amounts of rainfall but Cheltenham used to cope with rain better than this,either it’s more watering in the autumn or changes to the drainage to stop it drying out at the festival

    #1520306
    Tank
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    conspiracy-theory

    #1520963
    graysonscolumn
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    Take out the last twelve months, and the past decade has arguably been the most stable for Cheltenham where non-abandonments is concerned. Certainly losses of the December and January meetings were more commonplace once.

    Previous Cheltenham losses from 1989 to 2020, not including those due to Covid or foot and mouth:

    Fri 15/11/19
    Tue 01/01/13
    Sat 13/12/08
    Wed 12/03/08
    Sat 28/01/06
    Tue 01/01/02
    Mon 31/12/01
    Sat 15/12/01
    Mon 01/01/01
    Sat 30/12/00
    Wed 01/01/97
    Sat 27/01/96
    Mon 01/01/96
    Sat 09/12/95
    Mon 02/01/95
    Fri 01/01/93
    Thu 31/12/92
    Sat 25/01/92
    Sat 08/12/90

    gc

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    #1520973
    gamble
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    Good to see your slant in here again Jeremy. You will always be the three times record breaker of old to me – ‘officially’ usurping the man in black. That was until Venture sipped a cognac at midnight and tipped his hat into the ring.

    Curiously could you confirm with your true tongue 😛 if you did win the big one three times, Judas ?

    Could you consult the plaques or your old diaries to give us the years…just asking !

    #1520976
    graysonscolumn
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    TRF awards thread updated accordingly, Friendsheep B-)

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #1520978
    gamble
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