November Meeting Betting Tips – 15th, 16th & 17th November 2019

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts many of the biggest days of the National Hunt season. The Cheltenham Festival in March is up there with the most popular sporting events of the year but it’s far from the only time that top class horses descend on Cheltenham.

The three-day November Meeting (we’re just starting to get used to that name!) has plenty of high class races featuring some huge stars.

Weather

Cheltenham November Meeting 2019 Weather Forecast

Forecast via Met Office

It’s been incredibly wet across vast swathes of Britain over the last couple of weeks. Cheltenham has not escaped the rain and there is even more in the forecast for November Meeting. Those heading to Prestbury Park on Saturday only should escape without needing an umbrella but anybody with tickets on Friday and Sunday will need to dive for cover at times. The rain could also see the going move from its current reading of “soft, heavy in places” before racing begins and we could well see an all-out mud bath, especially by Sunday afternoon.

Countryside Day: Friday 15th November 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
12:40 Markel Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase 3m1f Graceful Legend to Win
1:15 Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle 2m½f Mack The Man to Win
1:50 BetVictor Handicap Chase 2m Brelan D’As to Win at 6/1
2:25 Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase 2m4f Not That Fuisse to Win at 11/2
3:00 Cross Country Handicap Chase 3m6f Tea For Two Each Way at 14/1
3:35 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2m5f I K Brunel to Win at 10/3

Due to conditions on the course, racing for this day has been cancelled. The 3:00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase has provisionally been moved to Sunday at 1:15. The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle has provisionally been moved to Saturday at 12:05.

There’s more than just the racing to entertain the thousands of fans heading to the first day of the November Meeting. It’s Countryside Day at Cheltenham with lots of activities going on around the racing. Of course, those after our own heart who are there strictly for the action on the course will not be disappointed, with some quality contests in store.

Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap

12:40, Class 3, 3m1f

The Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap gets the November Meeting off to a fairly low grade start. The amateur riders in this race will all be incredibly keen to win on such hallowed turf but they’ll need to be partnered with an experienced horse if they are to have a decent chance. 3m1f over the Old Course is a difficult trip to get and the muddy conditions certainly won’t make life any easier. Graceful Legend is one of those who has been previously tested on soft ground at Cheltenham. She has shown glimpses of form that suggest this trip could be perfect for her and she blew away the cobwebs with a run at Uttoxeter last month so she is worthy of support.

Graceful Legend to Win

Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

1:15, Class 3, 2m½f

There’s a chance for those still learning the ropes over hurdles to secure a win in a decent race next up. The Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle is open to horses aged three and older and there are a handful of three-year-olds in the running. It’s a five-year-old who gets the nod from us though.

Mack The Man still looks very green at times when he runs but he is improving in that regard with every performance. He gave his backers cause for concern when veering off line under pressure last time out but had enough raw quality to get the win at Warwick. He looked to have plenty of energy left last week so a quick return to action could produce another win.

Mack The Man to Win

BetVictor Handicap Chase

1:50, Class 2, 2m

One of the great things about the November Meeting is the number of horses who return year on year. Each of the last two winners of the BetVictor Handicap – Bun Doran and Doitforthevillage – are in the field for this year’s renewal. Indeed, they’re the top two in the betting at odds of 7/2 and 5/1 respectively. Of the two, it’s Doitforthevillage who is best treated by the handicapper but there are concerns about whether the 10-year-old still has the pace for this sort of quickly run 2m chase.

It may be worth giving Brelan D’As another chance after his disappointment at Cheltenham last time out. In truth, he looked to be a beaten horse by the time he unseated Barry Geraghty three out from home in another 2m chase. The eight-year-old has run very well in this sort of race before though and should come on for that run. He’ll also enjoy the ground unless it gets really muddy, which it shouldn’t by this stage of the meeting, so is well priced at 6/1.

Brelan D’As to Win at 6/1

Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase

2:25, Class 2, 2m4f

The field for the 2019 Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase includes a number of horses who are embarking on the start of their chasing career having already landed some nice prizes over hurdles. Birchdale (7/4) and Jarveys Plate (5/2) are two such horses who deserve their billing as the top two in the betting.

Winners of this race are rarely missed by the bookies and it would be a surprise to see a winner go in at a double figure price. The odds of 11/2 that bet365 are quoting on Not That Fuisse’s chances do stand out in comparison to the two favourites though.

Trainer, Dan Skelton, clearly believes that his six-year-old has a chance to be a quality performer over fences with just a little more experience. To that end he’s already run him twice this season over the bigger obstacles. Not That Fuisse made some mistakes but is sharpening his jumping up all the time and has the raw ability to win a race that would propel him onto bigger things and set him up for a really exciting season.

Not That Fuisse to Win at 11/2

Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase

3:00, Class 2, 3m6f

Cross country races are not to everybody’s taste. Despite the supreme, mesmerising performance Tiger Roll put in at the Festival’s version in March last year, some of those at Cheltenham will give the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase a wide berth.

However, those who have taken the time to understand the contest can profit handsomely from it. It’s a specialists’ race in which experience is vital. The vast majority of recent winners were aged eight or older, had run at Cheltenham before and had already made their seasonal reappearance.

Tea For Two ticks many of the boxes suggested by the trends for this race. The one place the 10-year-old falls down is that he’s available at 14/1 and the majority of recent winners came from the top three in the betting. He does have ample experience and stamina to suggest that he will be very tough to shake off. If he can hang on and kick home with something left in the tank, Tea For Two could spring a surprise but an each way bet looks the safest option.

Tea For Two Each Way at 14/1

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

3:35, Grade 2, 2m5f

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is one of the most important races of the November Meeting. Many of those who have either won or run well in this early season contest have gone on to be major players in the novice hurdling division. We have some potentially high class horses in the field once again with Thyme Hill (2/1), I K Brunel (10/3) and L’Air Du Vent (10/3) all fancied to go well on Friday and in the months to come.

All three of the favourites have already got their season underway which is a vital stat for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. They’ve also each shown promise but it’s I K Brunel who has the extra hurdling experience. That could well prove to be key on Friday, especially against a big field over 2m5f, so back Olly Murphy’s five-year-old.

I K Brunel to Win at 10/3

Day Two: Saturday 16th November 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
12:05 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2m5f I K Brunel to Win at 10/3
12:40 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle 2m½f Mick Pastor to Win
1:15 mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase 3m½f Mulcahys Hill to Win
1:50 BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase 3m3½f Lil Rockerfeller to Win at 11/2
2:25 BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase 2m4f Casablanca Mix E/Way At 20/1
3:00 Big Buck’s Handicap Hurdle 3m The Butcher Said to Win at 13/2
3:30 BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle 2m5f Anytime Will Do to Win at 9/1

On to day two we head and with a bit of luck the rain might just stay away. Saturday of the Cheltenham November Meeting is one of the real highlights of the first few months of the jumps season. The BetVictor Gold Cup will take much of the attention but every race on the card offers some real interest and the chance to win some cash with your horse racing bets.

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

12:05, Grade 2, 2m5f

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I K Brunel to Win at 10/3

JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle

12:40, Grade 2, 2m½f

Saturday’s card kicks off with an important Grade 2 contest. Connections of the market leaders in this 2m½f hurdle will be hoping that their charges show the necessary quality to return to Cheltenham in March. It’s relatively rare for winners of this race to win the Triumph Hurdle itself but it’s far from impossible so it’s well worth taking note of any strong performances.

The bookies and the market rarely miss the winner of this contest. 11 of the last 14 winners had a starting price of 4/1 or shorter so it makes sense to focus on the highest quality horses in the field. Mick Pastor is one such high quality performer. It’s impossible to be overly confident about any three-year-old as they make their British debut but J P McManus and Paul Nicholls are incredibly good judges and they believe he could be a very smart horse so he looks the one to beat.

Mick Pastor to Win

mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase

1:15, Class 2, 3m½f

The mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase is another race which has typically gone to horses from the upper echelons of the betting market. Whilst it’s not the sort of race to bet blindly on the favourite, the chances of Mulcahys Hill do look to be strong. He’s earned more experience over fences than most of his competitors and broke his duck last time out in his fifth chasing start. Connections believe that he came on physically over the summer so he has every chance of back to back successes at Cheltenham.

Mulcahys Hill to Win

BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase

1:50, Grade 2, 3m3½f

What a race we have in prospect in the BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase. The betting is especially close even for a race that is usually highly competitive. The early betting has three horses available at 11/2 – Lil Rockerfeller, Ramses De Teillee and West Approach. All three have plenty of experience in this sort of demanding handicap chase and may well line up against one another come the Grand National in April.

The top three in the betting have also got their seasons off to strong starts already. Ramses De Teillee won a novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham a few weeks ago whilst Lil Rockerfeller and West Approach both had credible second place finishes. Neil King would have liked Lil Rockerfeller to have finished closer to Ballyoptic at Chepstow last time out but he knows it’s a long season with plenty of big races for his eight-year-old to land. He may do just that at Cheltenham. His handicap mark is fair and the drier weather forecast on Saturday is good news so it’s Lil Rockerfeller who gets the nod.

Lil Rockerfeller to Win at 11/2

BetVictor Gold Cup

2:25, Grade 3, 2m4f

There’s a cool £90,00 on offer for the winner of the BetVictor Gold Cup on Saturday. Understandably, the sizeable prize pool has attracted a large number of entries with a full field of 20 expected to compete in this Grade 3 contest. Always a competitive betting heat, the BetVictor Gold Cup has been won by horses ranging from 11/2 to 25/1 over the last decade. The way the 2019 renewal is shaping up suggests it would be no surprise to see a winner from the bigger range of those odds so this looks perfect for an each way punt.

It’s not that there is a lack of quality at the head of the betting, just that you can pick holes in all of the most fancied horses so it’s tough to get excited about the value on offer. There is value on offer about Casablanca Mix though. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old is towards the top of the weights but has enough class and experience to grind out a solid performance over the 2m4f trip so an each way bet looks in order at very chunky odds of 20/1.

Casablanca Mix Each Way At 20/1

Spinal Injuries Association Big Buck’s Handicap Hurdle

3:00, Listed, 3m

Long distance hurdling is not for every horse. Those who thrive at this division of jumps racing can really earn connections a lot of money over the course of the season and each year some of the best practitioners line up to compete in the Spinal Injuries Association Big Buck’s Handicap Hurdle. None of those in the field for the 2019 running are quite of the standard of Big Buck’s but that’s hardly a criticism given the brilliance of the four-time World Hurdle king. None the less, those at the top of the betting have the quality to compete in some of the biggest long distance hurdles of the next few months and a win here could well be the first step to stardom for one of them.

That said, the specialist nature of this race is made clear by the fact that the average starting price of the last 10 winners is 9/1. This is not a race to go looking for an unexposed horse from lower down the betting. Rather, concentrate on horses who have got similar jobs done before. Horses like The Butcher Said. The ground is the one concern but on the driest day of the November Meeting, The Butcher Said (13/2) should be able to build on his first showing of the season where he finished second to Ramses De Teillee.

The Butcher Said to Win at 13/2

BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle

3:30, Class 2, 2m5f

The previous winners of the BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle show that this is traditionally no easy puzzle for punters to put together. The last decade has produced winners from all over the betting market which suggests this is a race in which it can pay to take a bit of a risk.

There are several horses just below the early favourite, Jatiluwih, around the 8/1 mark but it’s the 9/1 shot, Anytime Will Do, who is the one to support. Dan Skelton’s six-year-old is one of the top rated horses in the field and got a much needed run under his belt last month. Harry Skelton will have to get his race tactics right to ensure Anytime Will Do is wound up a fair way before home. His improved jumping should help things go smoothly during the bulk of the race though, so it will come down to whether he can keep the challengers at bay in the closing stages.

Anytime Will Do to Win at 9/1

Day Three: Sunday 17th November 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
12:45 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m5f Colditz Castle to Win
1:15 Cross Country Handicap Chase 3m6f Tea For Two E/Way at 14/1
1:50 Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase 2m Getaway Trump to Win at 6/4
2:25 Shloer Chase 2m Politologue to Win at 7/4
3:00 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle 2m½f Quel Destin E/Way at 10/1
3:30 Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle 2m½f Ecco to Win at 7/2
4:00 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m4f Time Flies By

Sunday at the November Meeting is all about fun for the family. The organisers are putting on a host of fun activities for kids and adults to enjoy around the racing and they should be rewarded with a big crowd through the gates despite the weather forecast perhaps not being ideal. Most of those who do turn up do so for the racing however and they’ll be treated to a varied and exciting card.

November Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

12:45, Class 3, 2m5f

Sunday’s opening race looks a very tough one to call. Punters are split on which horse represents the best value in this 2m5f handicap hurdle and for good reason. There are many who could well claim the win including Colditz Castle. Alan King’s five-year-old has experience of running against big fields which will stand him in good stead against as many as 23 rivals. He’ll also have no problems with the trip and should cope with softer ground so he’s the one for us here at what should be a nice price.

Colditz Castle to Win

Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase

1:15, Class 2, 3m6f

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Tea For Two Each Way at 14/1

Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase

1:50, Grade 2, 2m

Azertyuiop will be the horse on the minds of every trainer with a runner in the Arkle Trophy Chase. The 2002 winner is the last horse to kick on and win the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival in March which is the big hope of connections of every horse in Sunday’s field.

We certainly have some high quality novice chasers in the running. Getaway Trump and Al Dancer are two such horses. They are battling for favouritism here, just as they battled for the win when they met last month in their first appearance of the season.

Both have room for improvement in the early stages of their chasing careers but they could each go on to be serious players in the Arkle. Al Dancer got the win when they met last month but Getaway Trump should be able to reverse the form. He likely would have beaten his rival were it not for a couple of bad jumping mistakes whilst Paul Nicholls claimed he was in need of a run to get up to full fitness so back Getaway Trump at odds of 6/4.

Getaway Trump to Win at 6/4

Shloer Chase

2:25, Grade 2, 2m

Minimum distance chasing is an incredibly exciting division of National Hunt racing. It requires a real dose of pace as well as pinpoint jumping accuracy to get to the top of this division. Clearly, there are bigger races than the Grade 2 Shloer Chase but it’s been used before by some very good horses to prepare for the huge contests to come and we have an excellent field assembled for this year’s running.

Each of Defi Du Seuil, Politologue and Sceau Royal have the class to win the biggest 2m chases of the 2019/20 season. None of them has been seen since last season and they all finished second in their most recent performance so it really is a mouthwatering clash between the three of them. Preference just about goes to Politologue thanks to his extra experience and proven class at the top level though, so back Paul Nicholls’ eight-year-old at 7/4.

Politologue to Win at 7/4

Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle

3:00, Grade 3, 2m½f

The Greatwood Hurdle is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and competitive races of the November Meeting. At the top of the betting for this Grade 3, 2m½f handicap, sits Benny’s Bridge who is available at odds of 11/2. The six-year-old has already picked up a win this season and will be a major player but there is some better value available a little further down.

Quel Destin is particularly appealing at 10/1. This impressive four-year-old gave a good showing of himself in last year’s Triumph Hurdle where he finished fifth. He wasn’t seen again last season but has already run twice in this new campaign. His most recent outing was a win over this trip at Cheltenham on heavy ground so he has every chance of landing a place, if not winning. A victory over course and distance in more or less the exact same conditions counts for a lot and so double-digit odds look well worth snapping up.

Quel Destin Each Way At 10/1

Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle

3:30, Listed, 2m½f

Paul Nicholls clearly thinks a lot of Ecco. The four-year-old made an impression on racing fans when he arrived from Germany for the last National Hunt season and Nicholls has prepared him for the big races ahead. He started off in a maiden handicap over 1m7½f at Wincanton which he won with ease before winning again over the same distance at Ascot. This is a significant step up in class but it’s one this potentially very smart performer can take in his stride at odds of 7/2.

Ecco to Win at 7/2

High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire And Racing Remember Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

4:00, Class 1, 2m½f

The November Meeting comes to a close with a low key flat race. It’s clearly not the highest grade race of the day but there is always a chance to win and bumpers add a little more variety to the mix. Taking advantage of that chance may well be best achieved by backing Time Flies By. He picked off a strong favourite with ease in his sole performance to date just a couple of weeks ago and is ready to win again.

Time Flies By

About the Meeting

There are many jumps racing festivals held over the course of the year, with all roads ultimately leading to the big four-day Cheltenham Festival at Prestbury Park in March. It is fitting therefore that, for many, it is at Cheltenham racecourse where the latest National Hunt journey really begins each year. The jumps season will already be underway by the time we reach this three-day meeting in November – known to many as The Open Meeting but now called The November Meeting – but it is here where the season proper really begins to kick into gear.

Featuring early trials for the major Cheltenham Festival contests, a generous helping of high-quality handicapping action – including one of the biggest such events of the entire season – and plenty more besides, this meeting annually serves to warm the cockles of jumps fans as the winter months roll around.

Key Races

Prestbury Juvenile Novices Hurdle

Anyone seeking a future star, and potential Cheltenham Festival winner, will do well to take in the major juvenile contest on the Saturday card. Held over a trip of 2m½f, this Grade 2 event is the first real recognised Triumph Hurdle trial of the season and as such attracts a number of the most highly touted three year old hurdlers in the game. Defi Du Seuil went on to land the Triumph for Philip Hobbs having taken this in 2016, whilst 2006 champ, Katchit, did even better, claiming Champion Hurdle glory in 2008.

BetVictor Gold Cup

The big contest on the Saturday card at the meeting is this Grade 3 Handicap held over a trip of 2m4½f. Open to runners aged four and older, there are 16 formidable fences standing between the runners and the considerable prize pool on offer – £160,000 in 2018. Still referred to as “the Mackeson” by racegoers of a certain vintage, Paddy Power also sponsored the race between 2003 and 2015, with BetVictor then taking up the reins. Whilst this may “only” be a handicap, that hasn’t stopped a number of high class performers landing the prize over the years, including dual Champion Chaser, Fortria, who took this twice in the 1960s, and future Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Imperial Commander, who came home in front in 2008.

Shloer Chase

The most eye-catching – and highest class – of the chases on Day 3 is this 2m Grade 2 affair open to runners aged four and older. Officially titled simply, “The Cheltenham Chase”, this event was added to the roster in 2009 and has quickly compiled a classy roll of honour. Classiest of them all – and our favourite chaser of all time – was 2015 hero Sprinter Sacre, who took this on route to that stunning second Queen Mother Champion Chase success when back at Cheltenham in March. The race remains one of the key early season trials for the Champion Chase and is an excellent prize in its own right, offering £75,000 in prize money in 2018.

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle

The closing Sunday of this meeting also sees one of the biggest and best early season Handicap Hurdles take place. Again, open to runners aged four and older, this Grade 3, 2m½f event offers excellent prize money – £100,000 at the time of writing. One of the classiest races of its type of the season, talented dual-purpose performer Detroit City and future Champion Hurdle winner Rooster Booster feature prominently on the list of previous winners. Best of the lot though was the Irish raider, Sizing Europe. Bursting onto the scene when taking this in 2007, the prolific Henry de Bromhead runner went on to score eight times at the very highest level.

History

Many of the races that feature heavily in this three-day meeting have been with us for a while now – the BetVictor Gold Cup for example has been run in various guises since 1960 – however this meeting as a whole only came into being at Cheltenham Racecourse in 1999.

Known as The Open Meeting from the time of its inception until 2017, it will forever be referred to as such by many racing fans. The official title of the event according to the racecourse itself though is, The November Meeting. The reason given for this change being in order to avoid confusion with The British Open. That’s the same British Open played in July using a metal stick and a little white ball. Nevertheless, it seems somebody, somewhere must have been confused.

Regardless of the naming alterations though, this has always been a celebration of the sport which has drawn together the great and the good of the jumping game and remains one of the first dates pencilled into the diaries of National Hunt fans.

A Complete History of the November Meeting

Formerly known as the Cheltenham Open, the now-branded November Meeting has long been what many consider the true start of the jump racing season. There are certainly earlier jump races that take place but the three-day meeting is the first big fixture on the National Hunt calendar.

For all the jump racing fans out there this is something that can never come soon enough. We certainly can’t help but feel a little excited as the meeting draws near but how exactly did it become such an important part of Cheltenham’s fixture list? Technically speaking the meeting didn’t begin until 2000 but some of the races that form it have histories that stretch further back.

1960 – Mackeson Gold Cup Established

Stout producers Mackeson sponsor the first ever running of this November handicap, run over a distance of two miles, four and a half furlongs. Their partnership with the race lasted for 35 consecutive years before being replaced by Murphy’s Brewery in 1996. Now known as the BetVictor Gold Cup, it has long been the feature race of the entire November Meeting.

1994 – Sharp Novices’ Hurdle Moved

Originally held in December, organisers opted to bring the Sharp Novices’ Hurdle, or rather the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle, forward a month. It has featured during November at Cheltenham ever since and has seen its fair share of superb winners in this time including Cue Card, Dodging Bullets and Altior.

1994 – Hyde Novices’ Hurdle Founded

Fresh on the scene in 1994 was the Hyde Novices’ Hurdle, known more recently as the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. It began as a lower class affair but in 2008 attained Grade 2 status.

1994 – November Novices’ Chase Also Part of Reshuffle

Organisers at Cheltenham were kept busy in 1994 with this race featuring another of their changes. Previously known as the Coventry Novices’ Chase, the minimum distance event underwent a makeover including an upgrade to Grade 2 status. Best Mate won the contest six years after its reclassification, for what was his first major chase title.

2004 – Greatwood Hurdle Re-Classified

For a period the Greatwood Hurdle, another main highlight of the long weekend, carried Listed status but in 2004 it enjoyed an upgrade to Grade 3. The minimum distance event has kept this grade since, allowing it to attract a high calibre of hurdlers to Cheltenham.

Also enjoying a promotion was the Prestbury Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle, now reclassified as a Grade 2 contest.

2005 – Pipe Hits Smoking Hot Form

No trainer has dominated the BetVictor Gold Cup quite like Martin Pipe did between 1996 and 2005. In this fairly short space of time the 15-time Champion Trainer saddled the winner on seven occasions, putting his overall tally up to eight. This is enough to hand him a giant lead at the top of the leaderboard for this race and is a record unlikely to be broken for quite some time.

2007 – A Future Star is Born

The November Meeting is no stranger to well-recognised names but few winning horses have gone on to enjoy more success than Sizing Europe. His victory in the 2007 Greatwood Hurdle was the first major title he claimed, acting as the platform for what turned out to be a trophy-laden career.

2008 – Joe Lively Storms to Victory

For a long time the BetVictor Handicap Chase, known in the past under several different titles, has been one of the big betting events of the November Meeting. Hopeful punters witnessed quite the scene in 2008 as Joe Lively, trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by his son Joe, claimed a devastating 14 length win. Never before had a horse won this traditionally competitive handicap by such an impressive margin.

2009 – New Race Added

When founded, the November Meeting didn’t require the creation of races in order to complete the fixture. It did however add something new to its schedule during this renewal as it rolled out the Cheltenham Chase, also known as the Shloer Chase. Initially a conditions race, it moved to a Listed affair before being handed Grade 2 status two years later in 2015. Quite fittingly the upgrade in class saw a classy runner, Sprinter Sacre, win during the same year.

2012 – Coneygree on the Map

After destroying the field in a Class 4 contest at Uttoxeter, Mark Bradstock sent Coneygree to compete in Hyde Novices’ Hurdle. Winners of the race have rarely enjoyed a huge amount of success later on but Coneygree is most certainly an exception to the rule. The 8/1 shot absolutely cruised to a November Meeting win before returning to Cheltenham a month later for another Grade 2 win.

2013 – Greatwood Returns

Between 2003 and 2011 the retired racehorse charity Greatwood had sponsored the minimum distance hurdle race that ran in the November Meeting. The name switched to the Racing Post Hurdle in 2012 but the change didn’t last long as when Stan James bookmakers began sponsoring in 2013, they put Greatwood back into the title.

2017 – Meeting Handed a Name Change

Following conversations with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Cheltenham Racecourse decided to change the name of this meeting. According to both parties, having two events called The Open was in no way beneficial when it came to promoting either event. To avoid any future confusion between the historic golf tournament and the long weekend racing fixture, Cheltenham opted to choose the more distinctive ‘November Meeting’ for their event’s new title.