Cheltenham November Meeting Date is 15th November – 17th November 2019
Type: 3-day event (19 races in total)
Trial races for the Cheltenham Festival
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Cheltenham November Meeting General Info
Cheltenham’s November meeting is an important three-day event in itself, but what many punters are on the lookout for each mid-November are Festival clues for next March.
November race meeting Cheltenham winners are important for all concerned therefore, with 19 races taking place and some now even having partially changed titles to be recognised officially as trials for certain upcoming Festival races.
As you’ll see from our results table below, no November meeting winners last year went on to score at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival but a number of them ran well. Indeed, three horses who took part in this meeting but did not win went on to score during the big one showing us that, because of course form as well as class, this meeting is still a very important stepping-stone.
Tiger Roll, who’d won the Grant National, needed a pipe-opener and was not well fancied in the Cross Country and indeed ran fourth, though the superstar did return in March and was a very well-backed winner.
Defi Du Seuil was last in the Arkle Trial behind Lalor but returned eventually as favourite for the Arkle itself and duly won, while Frodon was second to the well-handicapped Baron Alco in the BetVictor Gold Cup before improving sufficiently to take the Ryanair Chase.
The Cheltenham November Meeting 2019 takes place Friday November 15th – Sunday November 17th.
2019 November Meeting Key Runners
There are 19 races worth over £800,000 across three days of this fantastic meeting, these being the main contenders for the feature races.
BetVictor Handicap Chase (Friday)
|Brelan D’As||8||TBC||Paul Nicholls|
|Bun Doran||8||TBC||Tom George|
|Magic Saint||5||TBC||Paul Nicholls|
BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase (Saturday)
|Lil Rockerfeller||8||TBC||Neil King|
|Pop Rockstar||7||TBC||Jonjo O’Neill|
|West Approach||9||TBC||Colin Tizzard|
Cheltenham Chase (Sunday)
2019 November Meeting Tips
Friday’s BetVictor Handicap Chase is tight, but at the weights we could do a lot worse than take a look at Paul Nicholls’ Brelan D’As who looks to be the percentage call. He’s done well around here before and was fancied to go close last time before falling, so without a mistake he’d be well-weighted to do well.
BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase
One of Saturday’s features is the BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase over an extended 3m3f and in the circumstances we should see a huge run from Scottish raider Big River for Lucinda Russell. Having proven he loves this going and having run very well at both the Cheltenham Festival and in the Scottish Grand National, he rates a fair bet here.
BetVictor Gold Cup
The BetVictor Gold Cup on Saturday can give us clues for the Ryanair and the Gold Cup at the Festival, but in terms of betting value on the day it may pay to stick with one who loves this trip, course and ground in the shape of Springtown Lake. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner should be fit now after his run at Ascot and seems a very fair price too.
Philip Hobbs’ JLT Novices’ Chase
Sunday sees Philip Hobbs’ JLT Novices’ Chase winner Defi Du Seuil attempt to win again here, and he certainly appears to have the class to do so. He won’t be a big price, but is improving and should get the better of his two main rivals.
The last of the major trials, the Greatwood Hurdle, is run on Sunday and in the locally trained Benny’s Bridge we have a sound candidate. A winner here last time after a huge gamble, Fergal O’Brien’s runner is around the 6/1 mark in the market and clearly has more improvement to come.
BetVictor Handicap Chase Bet (Friday): BRELAN D’AS
BetVictor Gold Cup (Saturday): SPRINGTOWN LAKE
BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase (Saturday): BIG RIVER
Cheltenham Chase (Sunday): DEFI DU SEUIL
Greatwood Hurdle (Sunday): BENNY’S BRIDGE
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November Meeting Stats & Trends
Across the three-day meeting last year 5 of the 19 races were won by favourites or joint-favourites. That’s a little below the average, showing how competitive the meeting is, although the average SP was 7/1 meaning that generally speaking most winners were among the top-rank in betting terms, so stick with class and known form.
14 of the 19 races were won by horses with an SP of between 9/4 and 9/1, so removing any short-priced favourites on the grounds of value and scratching those at very big prices could pay dividends over three days.
There is a very fair spread when it comes to successful trainers and jockeys, though you’ll notice doubles for Fergal O’Brien, Paul Nicholls, Ian Williams and Colin Tizzard on various days pointing us to the fact that you should stick with trainers in form.
The November Meeting Cheltenham winners will always go on to be well fancied at the Festival but as our results show, you should remain a little wary when it comes to the big one as this meeting is just one of many that can lead to Cheltenham Festival success.
Cheltenham November Meeting 2018 Winners
As we’ve already mentioned, not a single 2018 November Meeting winner went on to double-up at the Cheltenham Festival and this is due to a number of factors. Lots of Festival winners are trained and raced primarily in Ireland, some are recruited from France and some don’t hit their stride until at least December.
That being said, some did go on to make their mark in 2019 and here’s a full list of last year’s November Meeting winners along with how they did in March:
|Race||Day||Winner 2018||Jockey||Trainer||Festival Performance|
|Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase||Friday||The Young Master||Sam Whaley-Cohen||Neil Mulholland||3rd in Kim Muir Chase|
|Novices’ Handicap Hurdle||Friday||Red Hot Chilly||Paddy Brennan||Fergal O’Brien||Did not race|
|BetVictor Handicap Chase||Friday||Bun Doran||Paddy Brennan||Tom George||2nd in Grand Annual|
|Novices’ Chase||Friday||Count Meribel||Mark Grant||Nigel Twiston-Davies||7th in RSA Novices’|
|Cross Country Handicap Chase||Friday||Josies Orders||Mark Walsh||Enda Bolger||2nd in Cross Country|
|Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle||Friday||Coolanly||Paddy Brennan||Fergal O’Brien||5th in Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle|
|Triumph Hurdle Trial||Saturday||Quel Destin||Harry Cobden||Paul Nicholls||5th in Triumph Hurdle|
|Novices’ Chase||Saturday||Ibis Du Rheu||Harry Cobden||Paul Nicholls||Did not race|
|BetVictor Handicap Chase||Saturday||Rock The Kasbah||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs||Did not race|
|BetVictor Gold Cup||Saturday||Baron Alco||Jamie Moore||Gary Moore||Did not race|
|Listed Handicap Hurdle||Saturday||First Assignment||Tom O’Brien||Ian Williams||9th in Pertemps Final|
|Intermediate Handicap Hurdle||Saturday||Speedo Boy||Tom O’Brien||Ian Williams||Did not race|
|Listed Bumper||Saturday||The Glancing Queen||Wayne Hutchinson||Alan King||5th in Champion Bumper|
|Conditional Handicap Hurdle||Sunday||Palmers Hill||Jonjo O’Neill JR||Jonjo O’Neill||Did not race|
|Arkle Trophy Trial||Sunday||Lalor||Richard Johnson||Kayley Woollacott||Pulled-up in Arkle|
|Cheltenham Chase||Sunday||Sceau Royal||Daryl Jacob||Alan King||3rd in Champion Chase|
|Greatwood Hurdle||Sunday||Nietzsche||Danny McMenamin||Brian Ellison||Did not race|
|Supreme Novices’ Trial||Sunday||Elixir De Nutz||Harry Cobden||Colin Tizzard||Did not race|
|Listed Bumper||Sunday||Master Debonair||James Bowen||Colin Tizzard||12th in Champion Bumper|