The November Meeting 2021 Betting - Meeting Racecards

The 2021 November Meeting takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse and spans three days, with the action taking place between Friday 13 November – Sunday 15 November 2020.

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 2020 November Meeting provides several useful pointers for the 2021 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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2020 November Meeting Highlight Races Racecards

  • Day One
  • The BetVictor Handicap Chase takes place on the opening day of the 2020 November Meeting and this is the highlight encounter on the racecard, with this Class 2 encounter attracting many star names in the hope of landing some prize money.

    Rock The Kasbah and West Approach have been recent winners of a race which is over a distance of three miles and three furlongs, so it’s often a good pointer for the Grand National which is scheduled to take place in April.

    On Day One, there is also the Cross Country Handicap Chase and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race, so there’s a packed racecard for the opening day.

  • Day Two
  • We’ve got a Cheltenham Gold Cup in March and also a BetVictor Gold Cup that forms part of the November meeting, with this race taking centre stage on the Day 2 race card and we’re always excited to see which horses will line up for this race.

    Splash of Ginge, Baron Alco and Happy Diva have been among the winners of the BetVictor Gold Cup in recent years, with the race run over two miles and four furlongs, while there are several Festival trial races taking place on the Saturday.

    Day Two begins with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race before we also get to witness the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial and there are a total of eight races for punters to enjoy for the 2020 renewal.

  • Day Three
  • The 2020 Greatwood Hurdle takes centre stage on everyone’s Cheltenham race cards when it comes to the Sunday of the November Meeting, with the race having been inaugurated several decades ago and we’ve had some prestigious winners of the encounter.

    Trainer Alan King triumphed with Elgin in 2017 and then returned to saddle winner Harambe in 2019, with the race run over a distance of two miles and we’re excited to see a clash over the same distance as the Champion Hurdle.

    There are seven races on the Day Three November meeting racecard and that includes trial races for the Arkle and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, so we’ll get to see some talented horses lining up.

    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.