Bookmakers do not believe there is much of a chance that the Cheltenham Festival being cancelled because of the Coronavirus.
Whilst the Olympics are odds-on to be cancelled later this year, they are being hosted in Asia (Tokyo) – where the virus has emerged from, and the event would also see millions of people moving around.
But the Cheltenham Festival only has an overall attendance of 250,000 and the organisers are not expecting any issues despite a decent chunk of those having to travel across from Ireland.
Bookmakers opened markets last month, which set pulses racing – but now it is hugely odds-on at 1/4 that they go ahead as planned.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “For the second year running we have seen question marks over the Festival not going ahead, last year it was the issues surrounding equine flu – but thankfully that did not cause the cancellation.
“And now it seems that despite Coronavirus fears growing around the world – including the UK, Cheltenham does not look in danger.
“At 1/4 with the Bookmakers, it is an 80% likelihood that it happens.”
Will the Cheltenham Festival go ahead?
Yes – 1/4
No – 4/1
Odds and stats accurate at time of writing
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