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After being rushed to hospital yesterday, racing pundit John McCririck's agent says John fully intends on being back on the course at Cheltenham today.
The second day of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead as planned after the track was declared fit to race.
The clerk of the course had planned to inspect the track at 8am but was able to give the meeting the go-ahead much earlier than planned.
Temperatures are reported to have fallen to -5c overnight, but a warmer day than of late is expected.
After another cold night, and inspection of the ground at Cheltenham Racecourse is scheduled for 8am. On the second day of the Festival, organisers and racegoers hope the cold snap has not taken its toll on the famous course.
With the first race being delayed by only 5 minutes, horses at Cheltenham have started warming up despite the snow.
Thousands of spectators are expected for the Gold Cup week.
The Cheltenham Festival will open later amid warnings for race goers to leave extra time due to the poor weather.
It will be a frosty start at Cheltenham, with the best of the brighter skies early on in the day.
But it is a measly 3c, meaning it will feel bitterly cold in the wind chill.
Organisers of the Cheltenham Festival say they're prepared for races to start today, despite the cold weather.
The whole track had to be covered to stop the ground from freezing, as a cold weather front sent recent temperatures tumbling below zero.
During last year's festival, five horses died.
The four day festival will attract an estimated 200,000 people.