Cheltenham Festival plans have not been derailed by the cold snap battering the UK.

The horse racing calendar has been decimated this week due to the Beast from the East.

Storm Emma has also struck southern parts of the country, with more snow and blizzards expected.

Temperatures are set to rise over the weekend and into next week and trainers aren’t too worried ahead of Cheltenham, which begins on March 13.

Trainer Paul Nicholls said: “They will need to get out on Saturday but they haven’t missed a day all winter.

Paul Nicholls

“It will only become a nuisance if it lasts until next week.”

Colin Tizzard echoes his comments, adding: “They have done plenty in the last fortnight in case this happened.”

The forecast for Cheltenham shows temperatures increasing next week but a lot of rain is expected.


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