Cheltenham reduce Gold Cup ticket allocation

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Organisers at Cheltenham Racecourse have decided to reduce the amount of tickets available for Gold Cup day in 2013 to around 67,000.

The flagship event of March's prestigious festival attracted 70,400 racegoers to the Prestbury Park site earlier this year to see Tony McCoy's Synchronised come out on top.

Organisers have decided to cut the allocation just in case bad weather affects the event, as they don't believe that they have the facilities to ensure everyone has an enjoyable day with over 70,000 in attendance.

Spokesman for the racecourse Andy Clifton told the BBC that the racecourse has a great reputation for looking after people, which they want to maintain and allowing less people is the way to do this.

"If that happened [it rained heavily] on Gold Cup day with 70,000-odd people there then I don't think we've got the infrastructure to give them a comfortable experience," he added.

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