Planning permission was granted last night for a £45 million pound redevelopment of Cheltenham racecourse. It's the racecourse's largest-ever investment in new facilities and includes a new grandstand and multi-tiered viewing platform for the parade ring.
Work is due to start after the Festival meeting next March and is not expected to disrupt the race programme at Prestbury Park.
Cheltenham Borough Council has granted planning permission to the £45 million redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse. Work is due to go ahead after next year's Cheltenham Festival in March.
I am delighted that Cheltenham Borough Council has approved the application and am most grateful for the very positive support received from the local community. The new development will enable us to provide facilities for our racegoers in keeping with the quality of the National Hunt Racing on offer at Cheltenham and ensure that Cheltenham Racecourse enhances its status as a world-class sports venue for many years to come.
– Ian Renton, Cheltenham and South West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses
Friends of 70 year old Philip Lucas last saw him around 5.50pm on Tuesday.
He was supposed to be staying in Cranham during the week of the festival.
Gloucestershire Constabulary have told ITV News West Country that they received a report of a possible sighting of Mr Lucas in the Kings Arms public house around 11.15pm on Tuesday, but there has been no confirmed information about his whereabouts.
Taunton racecourse is due to host the only jump racing in the country today, after beating the frost. Covers have kept the course from freezing over the last few days.There are seven races starting just before 1pm. Westcountry trainers Paul Nicholls and David Pipe both have horses running.
On a seasonal note, the choir from King's College will be singing Christmas Carols in the parade ring.
We have had nine superb years with the horse but, after seeing him in his work these past few weeks, myself, Clifford and Dan were of the opinion that the time had arrived to retire him.
Of course, as owner, the final decision rested with Clive, but he agreed that the horse had done enough.
...And, deep down, we know he has done enough - and in some ways I think we have to protect him from himself. And maybe ourselves, too. If he did go to Kempton and win or run well, would you really want to run him - or be able to resist the temptation - in the Gold Cup?
I am not so sure.
– Paul Nicholls, trainer writing on Betting.betfair.com