Cheltenham Open (The November Meeting) Betting Offers 2017

cheltenham-open-imgCheltenham Racecourse is best known for the Cheltenham Festival, the culmination of the National Hunt season, but it is also integral to the start of the jump season when it hosts the Cheltenham Open in November each year. This event, featuring the Gold Cup, goes back to 1960’s and having moved around a few times over the years it has settled at home of jump racing in Cheltenham.

Seen as the meeting that marks the beginning of jump racing proper in the UK the Open offers punters a good opportunity to get a first look at some of the seasons fancied hurdlers. The Cheltenham Open is also a great time for bookies to test out their new national hunt horse racing promotions.

On this page you can find details of all the latest and best deals that could save you save you a few quid or even enhance your winnings. Further down you can find details on scheduling, race cards and more.

Latest Cheltenham Open Offers

William Hill
£100 Bonus for 5 Length Winners / 2nd Place Refund
If your horse wins by 5+ lengths 25% bonus (max £100), if 2nd refund to £25
£10 Faller Cover
Up to a tenner back in any race if your horse falls in any Cheltenham race
Win Stake Back if Your Horse Falls
Insurance on all win singles from £5-25 if your horse falls or is brough down
Cheltenham Faller Stake Insurance
All losing singles refunded if your selection falls, unseats or is brought down
Paddy Power
Money Back 2nd Cheltenham – EVERY RACE
On win singles up to £25 if your horse is second to the SP Fav in any race

Schedule and Racecard

The Cheltenham Open takes place over three days from Friday to Sunday, Saturday being the biggest day for spectators, prize money, offers and TV coverage. The meeting has a family festival like atmosphere with a big focus on fun, games and informality.

This strikes a contrast with the majority of the flat racing season which tends to be more about high class and tradition (posh basically). Jump racing is loved by all and the Open starts the road for race lovers that culminates in the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National next year.

Countryside Day – Friday 17th November 2017

There is no better day in racing to demonstrate how different top level National Hunt racing is from the typical group 1 flat race meetings that we get used to through the summer. The Countryside Day at Cheltenham has been going for over 20 years now and supports the Countryside Alliance and Injured Jockeys Fund.

The day is partly about the animals with various shows and features, most people bring their dogs along, it’s a true family day for locals and visitors alike. It is also about the racing however and there are some top races to get you going for the weekend.

There is no waiting for the action as the day begins with two class 2 back to back handicap chases to get the card going.   The first is a race for veteran horses, 9 years or older, and is the 9th leg of the Veterans’ chase series, it goes just over 2 and a half miles. This is followed by a more conventional handicap for  4yo+ horses just under 2 miles long.

The third race of the day is a steeple chase held over just under 2m 5f before the biggest race of day one,  the Grade 2 Hyde Novice’s Hurdle, comes up forth on the card. This race is actually a useful trial for the Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next March and gives spectators the chance to see some early potentials. The 10 huddle race is run over 2 miles and just over five furlongs for 4 year olds and over with a purse over £30k

The racing day draws to a nice close with a 2 miles Novice’s hurdle for younger three year old+ horses and is finished off with a four year old or more Amateur Rider’s handicap race over a decent distance of 3m 1f.

Time Race Grade Distance
12:55 Handicap Chase Class 2 – Handicap 2m 4f 78y
1:30 Handicap Chase Class 2 – Handicap 1m 7f 199y
2:05 Steel Plate Novices’ Chase Class 2 2m 4f 78y
2:40 Hyde Novices’ Hurdle Class 2 – Grade 2 2m 5f 26y
3:15 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Class 3 – Handicap 2m 87y
3:50 Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase Class 3 – Handicap 3m 1f

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards

Gold Cup Day – Saturday 18th November 2017

Gold Cup day, this year sponsored by BetVictor, is, as the name would suggest, the premier day of the whole meeting. The grade 3 Gold Cup itself is the feature race of the day but it’s not up there on its own as there are a further two grade races and two listed races to look forward to in this seven race card.

There is no waiting again on day 2 as we are straight into the action with a Grade 2 novices Trail Hurdle for 3yo juveniles. The race is the biggest of the weekend for younger horses. This is followed up by two steeple chases. The first open to horses 5 years and older over 3 miles before the more prestigious grade 3 Handicap Chase over 3 ½ miles for 4yo+ horses. This race has been going since 1987 and carries a decent purse in excess of £50,000.

The much anticipated handicap Grade 3 Gold Cup is up fourth. The two and half mile race on the Cheltenham old course dates back to 1960 and comes with a tasty prize fund of over £160,000. There are no less than 15 jumps to navigate and previous winners include Tony McCoy who holds the title of leading jockey winning the race on four occasions. Expect a field of around 20 in this 4yo+ feature.

Races five and six of the day are both handicaps. The first is the more prestigious listed race over 3 ¼ miles, the November Handicap for 4-year-old or more horses, followed by an intermediate handicap for younger three-year-olds over 2 ½ miles.

The Saturday is capped off with a listed bumper, a national hunt flat race, run just over 2 miles for 4-6 year old mares.

Time Race Grade Distance
12:40 Triumph Trial Hurdle
Class 1 – Grade 2 2m 87y
1:15 Novices’ Steeple Chase Class 2 3m 80y
1:50 The Open Handicap Steeple Chase Class 1 – Grade 3 3m 3f 71y
2:25 BetVictor Gold Cup Class 1 – Grade 3 Handicap 2m 4f 78y
3:00 November Handicap Hurdle Class 1 – Listed 3m 1f 67y
3:35 Intermediate Handicap Hurdle Class 3 – Handicap 2m 5f 26y
4:05 Open National Hunt Flat Race Class 1 – Listed 2m 87y

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards

The Open Sunday – 19th November 2017

Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Open may carry the prestigious feature race but don’t make the mistake of thinking the Sunday is just a support day. The Open Sunday hosts no less than 4 grade races out of a six race card, this is also a fast race day with only one race over 2 miles in length.

The first race of the day is the grade 2 Sharp Novices Hurdle, this race with 8 jumps is a trail race for the Supreme Novices Hurdle during the Cheltenham Festival. Open to 4 years olds and up this is a fancied race for punters looking for horses to back for the season.

The November Novices Chase is another grade 2 affair run over the Cheltenham old course with a distance just under 2 miles. The race is for 4yo+ horses who are required to jump 12 fences on the run. This race is a trail for the Arke Trophy at next years festival.

The Schloer Cheltenham Chase is up next, run on the same course and distance as the previous race. This race was first run in 2009 and has become a highlight of the final day of the Open commanding a prize fund in excess of £80,000.

Sunday’s feature race, the Greatwood Hurdle, is up fourth. This grade 3 handicap race of just over 2 miles is also open to 4yo+ nags and with a purse of over £100,000 it is the race to win. It has a decent field of up to 20 runners. The Greatwood hurdle acts as a trial race for the Champion Hurdle next year and is often used by keen bettors looking to spot a surprise for an ante-post bet.

The Cheltenham Open draws to a close with the longest race of the day, a 2 mile 5 furlong handicap hurdle, followed by a national hunt flat race over 2m.

Time Race Grade Distance
12:45 Sharp Novices’ Hurdle Class 1 – Grade 2 2m 87y
1:20 November Novices Chase Class 1 – Grade 2 1m 7f 199y
1:55 Schloer Cheltenham Chase Class 1 – Grade 2 1m 7f 199y
2:30 Greatwood Hurdle Class 1 – Grade 3 Handicap 2m 87y
3:05 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Class 3 – Handicap 2m 5f 26y
3:40 Open National Hunt Flat Race Class 1 – Listed 2m 87y

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards

About the Cheltenham Open

The Cheltenham Open is a long anticipated meeting following a long summer of flat racing. Although the jump season is already well underway by this point the Open has become the unofficial start of the jump season proper for many race rans. The event draws in crowds of over 70,000 people over the three days making it one of the biggest race meeting of the winter season. The Open is a big event for fans of racing who dislike the pomp and ceremony that comes with the flat season.

Racing at Cheltenham goes back to the early 1800’s when it opened as a flat racing course. By the end of the century steeplechasing was established at Cheltenham begging a love affair that has resulted in Cheltenham now being seen as the home of jump racing in Britain.

The Gold Cup was established in 1960 and has always been run at Cheltenham. The rest of the races were assembled around the Gold Cup over the years to create the modern three-day meeting that marks the opening of the high class National Hunt racing season.

The Open at Cheltenham has officially been running under the current name since 2003 and now pays out in the region of £800,000 in prize money over the three days. The event has more about it than just racing too. Over the three days there are fetes, stalls, crafts, animal shows, live music and acts and village sports to play. The Open shopping village is a particular draw for those on all budgets. All kids under 18 are allowed ion free to the three-day meeting too.