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Grubs force Bath racecourse to cancel event

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A Somerset racecourse has called off an event after grass eating grubs damaged the turf.

Gentlemen's Day has been cancelled at Bath Racecourse because of the chafer grubs.

The British Racecourse Authority has called off all racing on Saturday as the damage caused by the grubs means it is dangerous for horses.

People with tickets will either receive a refund or can attend on Sunday when a shorter race day is being held.

In the last year the grounds team at Bath have undertaken a number of actions, as recommended by agronomists, to try and prevent the return of chafer grubs without chemical intervention. Further assessment will take place following this weekend’s fixture and an update will be provided in due course.

– Bath Racecourse


Cheltenham Festival: The stats

With the annual Festival kicking off on the 15 March, we've been taking a look at why the event just seems to get bigger every year.

Horses and Jockeys during a morning warm up at Cheltenham Racecourse. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA


amount of people on a normal race day
people expected this Friday on Gold Cup day
will be bet during the four day festival
worth of prize money on offer
journalists covering the event, goes to show just how much interest there is

Pendleton will ride at Cheltenham Festival

Victoria Pendleton will ride Pacha Du Polder at the Cheltenham Festival next Friday.

The dual Olympic cycling champion will partner Pacha Du Polder in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase on Friday week.

Victoria Pendleton will be on Pacha Du Polder. Credit: PA

We have always had the extremely ambitious target of riding competitively in the Foxhunter as our goal, so to be announcing that I have achieved this goal is a truly amazing feeling.

– Victoria Pendleton

Pacha Du Polder's trainer Paul Nicholls and a team of experts made the decision to allow the 35-year-old the chance to fulfil her dream of appearing at next week's Festival.

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