Cheltenham staff to meet Rooneys

Communications under way, course spokesman confirms

  • Monday 21 January
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Representatives from Cheltenham racecourse are expecting to meet with owners Paul and Clare Rooney to discuss their decision to have no runners at the track.

The Rooneys have not been represented at the home of National Hunt racing since the first day of the November meeting, and their exile is set to continue with no entries at Saturday’s Festival Trials Day.

Their team of trainers have been instructed not to make any entries at the track until further notice, because they believe their horses are at further risk of injury running at the Cotswold venue.

As yet no horses owned by the Rooneys have been entered for any races at the Festival in March.

However, Cheltenham made the first move in trying to come to a solution by writing to the Rooneys – who have indicated they are prepared to open dialogue.

A spokesman for Cheltenham said: “We are in communication with Mr and Mrs Rooney and look forward to setting up a meeting at their convenience to understand and discuss their position following the various recent media reports relating to the Home of Jump Racing.”

Cheltenham staff to meet Rooneys
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