November Meeting (Cheltenham Open) Betting Offers & Free Bets – 15th, 16th & 17th November 2024

Fast Facts

The Cheltenham November Meeting, previously know as the Open Meeting, is often seen as one of the bigger events in the jump season. Many people say that it signifies the start of the season with some high quality racing being held over the three-day event.

Unlike most major meetings, Cheltenham’s November Meeting runs Friday through to Sunday, making it more appealing to families, something which organisers were keen to implement.

In terms of betting offers, we’ll have all the best promotions shown below when they become available.

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Note: Offers will appear here nearer the event as and when they become available.


Friday 15th November 2024 – Countryside Day

  • 1:10pm – Lycetts Insurance Brokers Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) – 2m 5f
  • 1:45pm – Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Class 2) – 2m
  • 2:20pm – SSS Super Alloys Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) – 2m
  • 2:55pm – Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (Class 2) – 3m 5¼f
  • 3:30pm – Trustatrader Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) – 2m 5f
  • 4:05pm – Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) – 2m ½f

Saturday 16th November 2024 – November Saturday

  • 12:35pm – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) – 2m ½f
  • 1:10pm – Wienerberger Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Class 3) – 3m 1f
  • 1:45pm – From The Horses Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase (Listed) – 3m ½f
  • 2:20pm – Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) – 2m 4¼f
  • 2:55pm – Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) – 3m
  • 3:30pm – Paddy Power Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) – 2m 5f
  • 4:05pm – Karndean Designflooring Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed) – 2m ½f

Sunday 17th November 2024 – November Sunday

  • 1:10pm – Maiden Hurdle (Class 2) – 2m ½f
  • 1:45pm – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) – 2m 4¼f
  • 2:20pm – Jewson Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) – 3m 3½f
  • 2:55pm – Shloer Chase (Grade 2) – 2m
  • 3:30pm – Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) – 2m ½f
  • 4:00pm – Turners Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed) – 2m ½f

Race times and sponsors are provisional and subject to change.

About The November Meeting / Cheltenham Open

Cheltenham Racecourse View from Stands

By Carine06 (Flickr)

The November Meeting is run at Cheltenham Racecourse, one of the most important jumps venues in the world. Though it’s far better known for the Festival named after it that takes place in March, the November Meeting offers plenty of exciting racing and is something of a family friendly alternative to the Cheltenham Festival.

Originally entitled the Cheltenham Open, the name changed to the November Meeting from the 2017 fixture onwards. This was in order to help it avoid confusion with golf’s Open Championship, even though that takes place much earlier in the year.

The Cheltenham Festival is seen by many as being the most important meeting of the National Hunt season, so it’s somewhat fitting that most in the horse racing industry feel that the season itself gets started when this even rolls around. It’s the first major meeting after the focus being on flat racing for the previous few months.

The Origins of the November Meeting

Autumn Leaves

Though the November Meeting was first officially run back in 2000, some of the races that take place during it date back as far as 1967. In fact, the meeting is quite unusual on account of the fact that it hasn’t yet had a race that has been created specifically for it. When you look at the likes of the Cheltenham Festival, for example, you’ll see a number of races were created especially for it when the meeting was extended to have a fourth day.

Whilst the Festival is an occasion for true racing lovers to embrace and get involved in watching some of the highest class of racing across the country, the November Meeting is more about attracting families and those that don’t know quite as much about racing to watch the events. The organisers decided to give it far more of a carnival atmosphere than you’d be likely to experience in March. That has led to it being quite popular, with each year seeing more and more racegoers turning up to get involved.

November Meeting Format

As mentioned, the Cheltenham November Meeting takes place over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November. This is at least slightly unusual, due to most meetings taking place over the best part of a week. Whilst there are still a number of high quality races over the weekend, the emphasis of the meeting is to create a much more family friendly atmosphere.

Over the course of the November Meeting, racegoers can check out bars, stalls, shops and markets in order to peruse the local produce that’s on offer. A number of family-friendly activities, such as face painting, bouncy castles and even shows, can be found.

That being said, the main event is still very much the racing, with each of the three days having some high profile Grade 2 and Premier Handicaps (formerly Grade 3) races to choose from.

Friday – Countryside Day Races

Chart Showing the Prize Funds of the Friday Races at the 2023 November Meeting at Cheltenham
The Friday is known as Countryside Day and kicks off with the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, though the pick of the racing comes from the two  Grade 2 races. The first of those is the Arkle Trial which boasts the registered name of the November Novices’ Chase (previously run on the Saturday). The second is the Trustatrader Novices’ Hurdle, which was previously sponsored by Ballymore. This race, a Grade 2 offering since 2008, has seen some top-notch horses triumph as they continue their careers over the smaller obstacles. On top of that, the two mile Paddy Power Handicap Chase (formerly sponsored by BetVictor), Cross Country Chase, and the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle will be on offer during the opening day.

Saturday Races

Chart Showing the Prize Funds of the Saturday Races at the 2023 November Meeting at Cheltenham
The Saturday is the biggest day of the meeting, mainly because of the Paddy Power Gold Cup. Previously named the BetVictor Gold Cup and not to be mistaken for the Gold Cup of the Cheltenham Festival, the Irish still go mad for this Premier Handicap race. Previous winners include some of the biggest names in racing, such as top chasers Imperial Commander and Our Vic. The invasion of the Irish into the town of Cheltenham often means that the parties go on late into the night on Gold Cup Day. There are other races that take place over the course of the day, like the Triumph Trial Hurdle and the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle, but it’s the Gold Cup that grabs the headlines.

Sunday Races

Chart Showing the Prize Funds of the Sunday Races at the 2023 November Meeting at Cheltenham
Sunday is the final day and with it comes another fantastic day of racing. Known as November Meeting Sunday, the pick of the races are the Grade 2 Shloer Chase (registered as the Cheltenham Chase) and the Premier Handicaps in the form of the Jewson Handicap Chase and the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. Some very well-known horses have won these races in the past and the weekend as a whole is often seen as a stepping stone on the road to the Cheltenham Festival proper.

The Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle, registered as the Sharp Novices Hurdle which used to run on this day has been moved to October’s Showcase Meeting.

Why the Meeting Matters

Whether you’re a massive horse racing fan or only a casual observer, the fact that the Cheltenham Festival exists might well make you wonder why, exactly, you should care about the November Meeting. Obviously racing fanatics will care simply because it’s a chance to watch some racing, but for everyone else it is a fair questions to be asked.

The main answer is that this is a chance to get some idea of how the various horses taking part in the three days of racing might get on when the Cheltenham Festival rolls around four months later. Many of the horses that will be involved in March will get their first race of the season under the belts during the November Meeting, meaning that you’ll be able to see how they cope with the very course they’ll be competing on later in the season.

In terms of what might happen later in the season, the November Meeting can give you a huge amount of information if you know what you’re looking for. The Gold Cup, for example, can offer you some signs for its namesake that takes place during the Festival.

Paddy Power Gold Cup Winners – 2014 to 2023

Winner (Year) Weight Age Trainer/Jockey Start Price
Stage Star (2023) 11-7 7 Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden 4/1
Ga Law (2022) 11-0 6 Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Burke 5/1
Midnight Shadow (2021) 11-5 8 Sue Smith/Ryan Mania 9/1
Coole Cody (2020) 10-5 9 Evan Williams/Tom O’Brien 10/1
Happy Diva (2019) 11-3 8 Kerry Lee/Richard Patrick 14/1
Baron Alco (2018) 10-11 7 G L Moore/J E Moore 8/1
Splash Of Ginge (2017) 10-6 9 N Twiston-Davies/Tom Bellamy 25/1
Taquin Du Seuil (2016) 11-11 9 Jonjo O’Neill/Aidan Coleman 8/1
Annacotty (2015) 11-0 7 Alan King/Ian Popham 12/1
Caid Du Berlais (2014) 10-13 5 Paul Nicholls/S Twiston-Davies 10/1

Likewise, the Greatwood Hurdle often offers you an inkling of what might happen when the Champion Hurdle rolls around in March.

Greatwood Hurdle Winners – 2014 to 2023

Winner (Year) Weight Age Trainer/Jockey Start Price
Iberico Lord (2013) 11-0 5 Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville 7/1
I Like To Move It (2022) 12-0 5 Nigel & Sam Twiston-Davies 17/2
West Cork (2021) 10-13 7 Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton 11/1
The Shunter (2020) 10-0 7 Emmet Mullins/Robbie Power 13/2
Harambe (2019) 11-0 6 A King/Thomas Bellamy 16/1
Neitzsche (2018) 10-0 5 B Ellison/D McMenamin 20/1
Elgin (2017) 10-08 5 Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson 10/1
North Hill Harvey (2016) 11-00 5 Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton 6/1
Old Guard (2015) 10-10 4 Paul Nicolls/Harry Cobden 12/1
Garde La Victoire (2014) 11-09 5 Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson 10/1

Make notes, keep an eye on how the horses react to the going and the atmosphere and bear it all in mind when you’re lining up your Festival bets.

About Cheltenham Racecourse

Racing has been taking place in the town of Cheltenham since the start of the nineteenth century, with the first known horse race occurring in 1815. That was in the Nottingham Hill area and wasn’t impressive enough to encourage any more racing to happen in the years that followed. Another attempt was made in 1818 and was popular enough to see more of it happen the year after. In fact, it was so successful that a grandstand was built and a course laid out, with racing continuing for the following decade.

The racing proved so popular that crowds grew year-on-year, eventually leading a local religious leader named Reverend Francis Cole to object and rail against the racing to his local parishioners. In 1830 they burnt the grandstand to the ground and, combined with the throwing of bottles at horses and jockeys that had happened the year before, it was enough to see racing move to the Prestbury Park area until 1834. The racing was no longer seen as being as exciting as it had been before and, despite attempts to revive it over the next few years, it died out almost completely until the start of the twentieth century.

The Cheltenham Festival

No one was quite sure what W. A. Baring Bingham was up to when he bought ground at Prestbury Park at the turn of the Twentieth century. He started an event called The National Hunt Festival in 1902 persuaded the National Hunt to move the National Hunt Festival there in 1904. It worked so well that it ran again in Cheltenham in 1905 and then in 1911 it was decided that the meeting would call Prestbury Park its home permanently. It seemed as though racing had returned to Gloucestershire and this time wouldn’t be leaving.

Though Baring Bingham is known as the man who founded the Cheltenham Festival, it was Frederick Cathcart who turned it into the event that it would later become. He decided to make Cheltenham Racecourse the home of jump racing, expanding the event to include a third day in 1923 and then bringing the Gold Cup to the venue in 1924. That cemented the Festival in the British horse racing calendar, but the racecourse would go on to offer so much more, as the November Meeting shows.

As well as the Festival and the November Meeting, Cheltenham Racecourse is also the home of two days of jumping in December known as The Christmas Meeting. It also includes a race called the Gold Cup, which is something of a running theme for the racecourse. There’s another meeting called The New Year’s Day Meeting that, as the name suggests, takes place on New Year’s Day. Later in January is the Festival Trials Day.

The Old & New Courses

There are two courses on offer at Cheltenham, with the first being the Old Course. This is where all of the races of the November Meeting take place, as well as the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival. It boasts an oval track that is more than one mile and four furlongs in length. The run-in is three hundred and fifty yards long and that allows for more than a fair bit of excitement as the horses come to the climax of a race. The Old Course is an undulating affair, requiring jockeys to ensure that their steeds are pacing themselves well if they hope to finish strongly.

The Old Course might have seen plenty of action, but it’s the New Course that gets all of the best races. It is where The Christmas Meeting’s races take place, plus the New Year’s Day meeting. It is also oval-shaped and is one mile and five furlongs long, with the run-in being a touch shorter than the one on the Old Course at two hundred and twenty yards. It’s a track that is just as demanding as the Old Course, which isn’t a massive shock when you consider that they’re intertwined.

Interesting Facts

The meeting sees more than seventy thousand people flock to the racecourse over the three days, making it one of the biggest in the UK and easily one of the biggest for the jump season. Over the last fourteen years it’s said that the number of people heading to the event has grown by almost 30%, with Royalty being present on occasion.

Martin Pipe is one of the most successful trainers in the meeting’s history, winning the prestigious Gold Cup eight times in total since 1987. That’s not the only bit of information that we can tell you, of course, with the following also being noteworthy:

  • Five horses have won the November Meeting’s Gold Cup more than once, though none have done so three or more times
  • Tony McCoy is the race’s most successful jockey, having been on the winning horse on four occasions
  • The Jewson Handicap Chase first took place in 1987 and Stormez is its most successful horse with two wins. Both of them were for Martin Pipe who is the race’s most successful trainer, whilst neither were ridden by its most successful jockey, Tony McCoy
  • No horse has won the The Hyde (Ballymore) Novices’ Hurdle more than once for obvious reasons, but the most successful jockey with four wins is that man again, Tony McCoy. Philip Hobbs is its most successful trainer with four victories
  • Another race that’s never been won more than once by the same horse, again for obvious reasons, is the Prestbury (Triumph Trial) Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle. Barry Geraghty, Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy have all won it three times as jockeys, whilst Martin Pipe’s six wins put him ahead of any other trainer
  • The Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race has only been running since 2013, making it one of the youngest races of the November Meeting
  • The November (Arkle Trial) Novices’ Chase is a race that lends itself to being won more than once by jockeys, with no fewer than eight jockeys having done so. Richard Johnson, Ruby Walsh and Richard Dunwoody share the honour of being the most successful with four wins apiece. No other trainer comes close to the ten wins of Paul Nicholls
  • The Greatwood Hurdle isn’t for novices but has never been won by the same horse more than once. The same thing can’t be said of jockeys, with Jamie Osborne, Richard Johnson and Tony McCoy each having three wins to their name. In terms of trainers, both Martin Pipe and Philip Hobbs have won it four times each