by Countryside Alliance

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the Cheltenham Countryside Race Day tomorrow (15 November), due to the ground conditions.

Ian Renton of Cheltenham Racecourse said: "After 37mm rainfall in the past 18 hours, very sadly we have had to abandon racing at Cheltenham on Friday 15th November, as the course is flooded in areas as well as waterlogged in places."

He added that all those with pre-purchased admission tickets and car parking for racing on Friday will be automatically refunded via the original payment method.

The day was to be a fundraiser to help send Team Equestrian GBR to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to support the work of the Countryside Alliance.

Fundraising will continue online at our silent auction, which is running at and boasts some amazing lots. 

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner said: "There will be many disappointed punters who had planned to visit Cheltenham tomorrow and it is a great shame that we shall not be able to host this fantastic countryside day this year. However, we still intend to raise as much money as possible for the British team.

"The online auction has now been augmented with some lots that were to be sold on the day - including an at home with Zara Tindall and AP McCoy and dinner for eight hosted by Equestrian Team GBR - so we ask everyone who had planned to bid at Cheltenham to do so on the site instead."


For more information, please contact the Countryside Alliance Press Office on

0207 840 9220 or

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