The November Meeting 2023 Betting Odds & Tips

The 2023 November Meeting takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse and spans three days, with the action taking place between Friday 13 November – Sunday 15 November 2021.

This three-day National Hunt UK horse racing meeting is one of the showpieces of the racing season, with the Friday being Day One and it’s called Countryside Day, while the action hots up on the Saturday and Sunday, with many of the leading contenders involved.

Indeed, the 2021 November Meeting provides several useful pointers for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival a few months later and it might be the first outing of the season for many leading horses who will then go on to run in the big Festival races such as the Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle.

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The 2022 November Meeting takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse and spans three days, with the action taking place between Friday 11 November – Sunday 13 November 2022.

This three-day National Hunt UK horse racing meeting is one of the showpieces of the racing season, with the Friday being Day One and it’s called Countryside Day, while the action hots up on the Saturday where we will bear witness to Paddy Power Day.

On the Sunday, it’s Family Fun Day where the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle takes centre stage, with the whole meeting featuring some top-class horses who will be bidding to return to Cheltenham in the spring and line up at the Festival.

2021 November Meeting Highlight Races

Day One
The Paddy Power Handicap Chase is one of the feature races of the 2021 November Meeting, while we also have the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle which is a Grade 2 National Hunt race.

We’ve seen Rock The Kasbah and West Approach recently claim a victory in the former race where horses compete over the long distance of three miles and three furlongs. The Ballymore has been in operation since 1996, with Does He Know giving trainer Kim Bailey the first winner of this race in 2020.

You can often derive some pointers from this race when it comes to hurdle races at the Cheltenham Festival, with Thyme Hill winning in 2019 and it’s worth looking out for five-year-old runners based on recent trends.

Day Two
The Saturday card of the Cheltenham November meeting is packed with quality races and the Paddy Power Gold Cup generally takes centre stage. Nine-year-old horses have a strong track record when it comes to this encounter and Coole Cody obliged for trainer Evan Williams twelve months ago.

We’re also looking forward to the Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase, Prestbury Juvenile Novices' Hurdle and Karndean Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race. Interestingly, the latter saw a dead heat between Elle Est Belle and Ishkhara Lady.

Ramses De Teillee was the winner of the 2020 Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase, with Perfect Candidate, Rock the Kasbah and West Approach having been the recent winners.

Day Three
The 2021 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle will be a typically wide open race, with The Shunter having won the 2020 encounter. We might see the Emmet Mullins-trained eight-year-old line up again for this race, with Adagio and Buzz also among the early betting favourites.

The November Novices’ Chase also happens on this day, with Eldorado Allen having obliged in 2020, giving Colin Tizzard his first winner in this race last year. Put the Kettle On won in 2019 before starring at the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham racecourse is synonymous with the National Hunt extravaganza that is the Cheltenham Festival. The Festival is one of the biggest meetings in all of horse racing and a highlight for racing betting fans but Cheltenham also plays host to the high class November Meeting.

The November Meeting was until 2017 known as “The Open” but due to a perceived clash with golf’s showpiece of the same name it was rebranded. Cheltenham’s November Meeting, unsurprisingly, takes place in November. And at Cheltenham. Ingenious!

It is viewed by many as the curtain raiser for the jumps season and whether you call it The Open or the November Meeting, it remains a great way to really kick start the National Hunt campaign.

As with all of the biggest and best races, meetings and festivals around, we’ve got odds comparison and much more for this three-day affair at Prestbury Park. Our odds comparison means you can quickly and easily get the best horse racing odds on whatever racing bets you want to make, saving you time and, hopefully, boosting your profits.

So let’s take a look at the biggest races of the November Meeting and see if we can help you find some winners!

Racing Highlights

The November Meeting takes place in mid-November, with three days of great racing betting running from Friday to Sunday. The opening day is Countryside Day and aims to raise funds and awareness for the Countryside Alliance and Racing Welfare. The Saturday and Sunday are the rather more prosaically named November Meeting Saturday (although it is also known as Gold Cup day) and November Meeting Sunday. No prizes for originality there!

The racing action cannot rival that of the Cheltenham Festival, but then what can? That said, there are still a number of really top notch races to bet on and some of the highlights are:

The racing is good enough on the Friday but the meeting really steps up a gear at the weekend with a raft of Grade 2 and Grade 3 races. Several of the races at the November Meeting are early season trials for the big races at the Festival the following March.

For real horse racing betting aficionados, these races are hugely interesting and if you like ante post betting in particular, paying attention to these contests can be very profitable. Ante post betting can offer some big racing odds and – if you get on early – the rewards can be handsome if you call things right.

The feature race of the three days is the BetVictor Gold Cup, and the sizeable field is usually of the highest calibre. However, there is a decent range of races at this three-day meeting, with handicaps, hurdles, bumpers and chases over a range of distances from two miles to well over three miles.

Betting Pointers and Tips

In many ways, the November Meeting is about tips and pointers for the Festival the following spring. A number of huge stars first showed their ability at this festival and over the three days there are several Festival trials.

For example, Best Mate and Dodging Bullets both won the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase as five year olds. Future Gold Cup winner Coneygree won the Hyde Novices' Hurdle and both Cue Card and Altior won the Sharp Novices' Hurdle (known as the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle).

That said, if you’re looking for winners at the November Meeting itself, there are certain things worth bearing in mind. As ever, making sure you get the best available betting odds on anything you back is the easiest way to improve your overall results. We have odds comparison for all the races over the three days so don’t miss out.

It’s also worth looking out for previous course form, because some horses can be overwhelmed by the noise and scale of the crowds at Cheltenham. As ever there are various trainer, horse and jockey trends to look out for.

Trainer trends can be especially interesting with this event coming early in the season and on that note Philip Hobbs is certainly one to look out for. The Somerset handler has a fantastic record here over the last six years, especially on the Friday!

The November Meeting – A Rose by Any Other Name

The Open, as it was then known, was first held almost 20 years ago in the year 2000 and has been viewed as the first big jumps meeting of the National Hunt season since its inauguration. In 2017, after consultation between Cheltenham and the R&A (golf’s governing body), it was decided to change the name of the race meeting to avoid a clash of brands and marketing.

We suppose given golf’s Open has been around for almost 160 years it was only fair they got to keep the title. However, call it what you will, the November Meeting remains a key landmark on the calendar of those who like to bet on jumps racing.

Jumps racing can be held year-round at tracks like Cartmel but the season is usually deemed to run from mid-October to the end of April. However, whilst things get underway in October, it is Cheltenham’s November meeting that really kicks things off in style. Adding nice symmetry to proceedings, the Cheltenham Festival in mid-March starts the winding down of jumps racing, with Aintree’s Grand National and a couple of other notable late-season exceptions.

This meeting is very family friendly, with lots for non-racing fans, such as music, markets and children’s activities. Those at the racecourse realised that the track’s main Festival was a huge event and very popular. So in order to create a similar event at the opposite end of the season made sense, with a number of long-standing races brought together.

Whilst no races have been created specifically for The Open/November Meeting, over the years one or two classier events were brought under its umbrella, helping it go from strength to strength and become Cheltenham’s second most important meeting.