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Letter: Sound reasons for Cheltenham move.

Byline: D MOON

D Moon changes his view of the recent Cheltenham abandonment after a call from clerk of the course Simon Claisse

FOLLOWING my letter of January 4, I received a phone call from Simon Claisse explaining the rationale behind the early decision to abandon the New Year's Day meeting.

With the course under two inches of snow and frozen late on the morning before, the feeling was that it would not have time to recover.

At the time of the planned inspection, the temperature on the course had actually dropped to below zero, so the management felt vindicated by its decision.

Whereas temperatures around Cheltenham had risen to as high as 10 degrees on raceday morning, the racecourse still measured a measly two degrees above at 8am.

Mindful of the possible barrage of criticism he might receive, Mr Claisse walked the course and found 10 per cent of it still unraceable, totally vindicating the early decision to cancel.

Mr Claisse feels his full comments on his reasons for the early abandonment were not reported in the press, and I accept his explanation of events.

I am glad to set the record straight, and am grateful to Mr Claisse for having directly followed up my letter.

D MOON Cheltenham
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2001
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