Cheltenham New Year's meet

Jockeys prefer the course conditions to be 'good'

The home of jump racing hosts a new year family event to celebrate the start of 2014.

Cheltenham Racecourse gates open at 10.30, with the first race at 12.10. A Family Fun Zone will be providing free face painting, balloon modelling, colouring and lots more.

Peppa Pig will also be making her first appearance of 2014!

The weather can play a major part in whether a race meet will take place. Jockeys, owners and grounds staff will be paying close attention to the conditions right up until the race is due to start. 

Check the timetable of events on the official Cheltenham Racecourse website.

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1 January - Check the forecast for Cheltenham's New Year's meet.

The two main weather conditions that can call off a horse racing event are either fog or frost.

The jockeys need to be able to see the next jump ahead of them, if they cannot see the jumps clearly due to fog, and if the ground is too hard due to frost and does not look like clearing the course will be deemed too dangerous for the riders and the horses.

Will the weather conditions make for great racing on January 1? Check the local forecast

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