Cheltenham Festival to begin despite cold snap

Racetrack covered to protect the ground from frost Credit: PA

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.

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Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival, the most prestigious National Hunt horse racing event of the year, starts today, despite the severe weather.