Balding's parade is rained on as Cheltenham's New Year's Day fixture is abandoned
13:29 GMT, 31 December 2012
Host: Balding is part of Channel 4 racing's new-look team
Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day fixture at Prestbury Park has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.
Clare Balding had been due to make her Channel 4 Racing debut from Cheltenham but the abandonment means the former BBC presenter will be broadcasting from a stable in Berkshire.
The only live action will be from Musselburgh and Channel 4 will send Balding and Mick Fitzgerald to visit trainer Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows, Lambourn, home of Gold Cup contenders Bobs Worth and Long Run.
Channel 4 Racing executive producer Carl Hicks said: 'We have arranged for Clare and Mick to visit Seven Barrows.
'Nicky Henderson has so many high-profile horses to run before the Festival, there is plenty to see and talk about.'
Not at the races: Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting was called off on Monday morning
Wet: Further rain is forecast at the racetrack
Course officials originally scheduled an inspection for 3pm on Monday but the meeting was abandoned long before that.
Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse told At The Races: 'Sadly we've had to take the decision earlier than we thought to abandon the meeting.
'We've had more rainfall and there's quite a lot more rain forecast between now and 2pm. The course is waterlogged in too many places.'