The second day of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead as planned following a precautionary weather inspection.
There were fears that a forecast of strong winds caused by Storm Gareth would cause safety problems on the course.
However, an early morning inspection allowed Simon Claisse, clerk of the course, to give the green light to Wednesday’s racing.
Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead as planned despite weather concerns
Punters were forced to run for cover as heavy rain fell at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday
Punters still had smiles on their faces as they sprinted from the turnstiles to the racecourse
A statement released by Cheltenham Racecourse on Twitter read: ‘Racing at Cheltenham today will go ahead following a precautionary inspection.
‘The strength of the winds has now moderated on the forecast allowing Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course, to give the green light early in order to provide certainty to racegoers and participants before many journeys begin.
‘We will continue to monitor the weather forecast moving forward.’
Claisse said: ‘We’re delighted that the weather conditions have changed from the initial forecasts and the prospect of higher wind speeds and gusts have receded.
‘We’re looking forward to a fantastic day’s racing on the Old Course with the feature race the £400,000 Grand 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.’
Former jockey AP McCoy clutches a newspaper as he runs for cover in the broadcast centre
One couple found a unique way to keep the way off their heads with two daffodil boxes
The smiles continued despite the heavy rain with punters happy to be at Cheltenham Festival
The chance of a cancellation due to the weather today raised the prospect of a ‘People’s Saturday’ at the Festival for the first time.
With gusts forecast to exceed 45mph as the storm blew in, there were fears that temporary grandstands and hospitality tents could be at risk and place horses and jockeys in danger.
Cheltenham bosses had put contingency measures in place to reschedule races to Saturday and refund all tickets that had been purchased for Wednesday.
No day of racing at the Festival has been cancelled since 2008, when high winds forced day two to be abandoned.
Wednesday’s races were split between Thursday and Friday’s cards 11 years ago, meaning 10 races were packed into one day, nine the other.