The November Meeting provides three brilliant days of action-packed horse racing to enjoy as the magic begins at Cheltenham Racecourse from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2023.
Becoming increasingly popular by the year, this weekend of quality racing will reveal plenty of Cheltenham Festival clues.
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The November meeting at Cheltenham racecourse is due to take place from Friday 17th to Sunday until 19th November 2023.
On Friday, punters will be treated to quality fare, including a pair of Grade 2 contests. The 2m Arkle Trial Novices' Chase (2.20) has been won by classy horses such as Azertyuiop, Al Ferof, Dodging Bullets, Put The Kettle On and Third Time Lucki in this century. Dan Skelton has won the race twice in the last six years so if he has a runner it will be worth a market check.
The other Grade 2 on the card on Friday is the 2m5f Hyde Novices' Hurdle (3.30). This race should give us a few clues for the Stayers' Hurdle in March, and as ever the Irish should be well represented. Paul Nicholls won the race last year with Hermes Allen, and he has a strong contender in the form of CAPTAIN TEAGUE, who won the Grade 2 Persian War at Chepstow in style last month.
Moving on to Saturday, the day will kick off with the Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle Trial (12.35). Trainer Milton Harris, who won the race in 2021 and 2022, will have no representative this year.
The race of the day is the 2m4f Gold Cup Handicap Chase (2.20), where Paul Nicholls' STAGE STAR heads the betting. Nicholls has won the race twice in the past with Al Ferof and Caid Du Berlais. Unbeaten over fences at Cheltenham having won on Festival Trials Day in January before landing the Grade 1 Turners Novices' Chase in March, Stage Star is a worthy market leader.
Nube Negra could be back to defend his crown in the Shloer Chase (2.55) on Sunday. Dan Skelton's nine-year-old is bidding for a hat-trick of wins in the race and he has a fantastic record. The race could also see the return of JONBON, who won three Grade 1s over fences last season.
Another race to savour on Sunday is the Greatwood Hurdle (3.30) and Kerry Lee's NEMEAN LION is one of the ante-post favourites to follow up his Welsh Champion Hurdle success. Willie Mullins' Onlyamatteroftime narrowly heads the market, although he will have to improve quite a bit due to his inflated British mark.
It may be no surprise to hear that PAUL TOWNEND is usually good for a winner when he visits Cheltenham. In the last five seasons, he has ridden 18 winners at the track from 80 rides, which is a very healthy 23 percent strike-rate. Given he rides for the master of Closutton, these stats are no surprise.
Another rider to follow is SAM TWISTON-DAVIES, who has ridden more winners than anyone around here in the last five seasons with 20 and is bound to have some nice rides for his father Nigel, who trains locally.
Irish trainer GAVIN CROMWELL has been in terrific form of late, and he had a fantastic weekend at the Showcase Meeting in October, bagging three winners and two seconds from the five he sent across the water. He is definitely a trainer to keep onside this weekend.
PAUL NICHOLLS is the all-time leading trainer at Cheltenham with 238 winners at the track. The Ditcheat handler has some big chances at this meeting if they are declared, including Stage Star, Captain Teague and Balboa.
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