THE Cheltenham Festival Raceday at Hexham has been cancelled due to high winds. 

Thursday's eagerly-anticipated event had been expected to go ahead, after the course passed a morning inspection with the going described as heavy. 

But the Racecourse Association, and Hexham Racecourse, announced shortly after 2pm on Thursday that the event would not go ahead. 

The next race at Hexham will be the Spring Raceday, on March 24.