Cheltenham announced postponement of the Festival that was due to start on Tuesday, March 13. The announced said the Festival would take place either the week of April 16 or the following week.At the time, Cheltenham said the postponement was due to restrictions placed on livestock as a result of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain.Meanwhile, Friday's meeting at Sandown Park in England was called off because of a water-logged course, scuppering the Queen Mother's day at the races and leaving another blank day after two other courses due to hold events fell within areas infected by foot-and-mouth, according to Reuters.
Britain's Cheltenham Racecourse announced Friday that discussions were taking place between course officials and "all interested parties regarding the availability of dates for the rescheduled National Hunt Festival.""It has been agreed with the British Horseracing Board that the races will be re-opened and entries will close two weeks prior to the revised dates," Cheltenham announced. "Existing entries for all 20 races have today been voided."Cheltenham further requested ticket holders to retain their tickets until the Festival dates are announced, at which time "they will then have the option of attending on the same day of the week or applying for a full refund."