At the beginning of this week, Kier started work on the new Grandstand Development at Cheltenham Racecourse, which will be completed in readiness for the 2016 Festival.
Before the construction started, the Arkle, Best Mate, Dawn Run and Golden Miller statues were removed from Cheltenham Racecourse to ensure their safety during building works.
The statues are a reminder of the equine heroes to have graced Cheltenham Racecourse, Golden Miller having won five consecutive Gold Cups between 1932 and 1936, Arkle and Best Mate both triple Gold Cup winners and Dawn Run, the only horse to have completed the Champion Hurdle / Gold Cup double. They will all return to the racecourse to form a part of the new Development.
The removal of the statues signifies the start of the construction phase of the Development which, as well as providing a new five-floor grandstand adjacent to the existing main grandstand, will provide elevated walkways to the rear of the grandstand, offering improved mobility and enhanced viewing of the parade ring.
The development works over the coming month will be strictly confined to specific areas, minimising any disruption for racegoers at the April meetings.