Horseracing: Irish horses to stay away from Cheltenham

Thursday, March 01, 2001
It looks as if horses from Ireland and France won't take part in the Cheltenham Festival because of the foot and mouth crisis.

With 10 days to go, it's possible the whole event could be called off.

Many bets have already been placed on the ante-post rule and will lose there money if the meeting goes ahead and their horse does run.

The town of Cheltenham stands to lose over stgĀ£10m in lost revenue if the Irish fail to travel.