November Meeting Schedule - Cards, dates and race previews for Cheltenham this week
- We take a look through the schedule for Cheltenham's November Meeting
- Cheltenham will stages three excellent days of racing on Friday and Saturday
- Tiger Roll and Easysland renew their rivalry in the Cross Country Handicap on Friday
- The BetVictor Gold Cup is the headline act on day two
- The Shloer Chase and Greatwood Hurdle feature on Sunday's superb card
Easysland (centre) will square off against Tiger Roll (right) at Cheltenham again on Friday. (Getty)
We take a look through the schedule for November Meeting at Cheltenham, and preview the big races punters can look forward to watching this week.
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Two weeks after the Showcase Meeting came to an end, Cheltenham racecourse stages another important autumn festival, as the November Meeting is played out behind closed doors.
Over the three days, eight Graded races will be handed out, along with three Listed prizes and several lucrative handicaps. Check out the dates and cards for the 2020 November Meeting below.
2020 November Meeting Day One - Friday 13th November
|1:15pm||Markel Insurance Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers' Hurdle Series Qualifier) (Class 3) 2m5f|
|1:50pm||Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m|
|2:25pm||SSS Super Alloys Supports Racing Welfare Novices' Chase (Class 2) 2m4f|
|3:00pm||Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m6f|
|3:35pm||Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Hyde Novices' Hurdle) 2m5f|
|4:05pm||Valda Energy Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m½f|
Cheltenham's November Meeting - Day One Preview
Four of the six races on Friday's card at Cheltenham will be shown live on ITV Racing. The main event will certainly be the Cross Country Handicap Chase, where Tiger Roll and Easysland go head-to-head once again.
Gordon Elliott's two-time Grand National winner, and four-time Cheltenham Festival winner, succumbed to his younger rival in the Cross Country Chase back in March. Easysland's rating was hiked up by 15-pounds following that 17-length success, but he'll still be in receipt of four pounds from Tiger Roll when they meet again on Friday.
Does He Know will then look to back up that victory at the Showcase Meeting in the Hyde Novices' Hurdle. Kim Bailey's charge will have to concede three-pounds to dangerous rivals like The Grand Visir, Grand Mogul and Midnight River, who finished second behind Does He Know here last month.
The brilliantly-named Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap could see talented sorts like Magic Saint, Fanion D'Estruval and On The Slopes square off. Philip Hobbs' Sporting John could then make his chasing debut in the prelude to the Cross Country.
2020 November Meeting Day Two - Saturday 14th November
|12:30pm||JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Registered as the Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m½f|
|1:05pm||South West Syndicate Handicap Chase (Conditional Jockeys' and Amateur Riders' Race) (Class 3) 3m1f|
|1:40pm||From The Horse's Mouth Podcast Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (Registered as the November) 2m|
|2:15pm||Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m4f|
|2:50pm||Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed) 3m|
|3:25pm||Paddy Power First Millionaire Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m5f|
|3:55pm||Karndean Designflooring Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed) 2m½f|
Cheltenham's November Meeting - Day Two Preview
The ITV Racing team will again pitch up at Cheltenham on Saturday, ready to bring us the best of the action on Paddy Power Gold Cup day.
Last year's winner, Happy Diva will return to try and defend her crown. Kerry Lee's mare will face stiff competition from Cheltenham Festival winners Simply The Bets and Siruh Du Lac, as well as the likes of Saint Sonnet, Al Dancer, Mister Fisher and Slate House.
Fusil Raffles will put his unbeaten record over fences on the line in the November Novices' Chase. Nicky Henderson's star could face quality rivals like Protektorat, Eldorado Allen and Quel Destin, who will make his chasing debut in Grade Two company.
Gordon Elliott's Duffle Coat could carry the tag of favouritism into the opener, the Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle. Elliott's unbeaten three-year-old will have to give weight to a dangerous bunch of home challengers, with Hell Red, Cabot Cliffs and Overpriced Mixer likely to run.
Tea Clipper tops the betting for first of two Listed races on Saturday, the Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle. The card on day two of the November Meeting draws to a close with a Listed Bumper for mares, and punters can look forward to a thrilling battle between two unbeaten forts in Elle Est Belle and Ishkhara Lady.
2020 November Meeting Day Three - Sunday 15th November
|1:15pm||mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase (Class 2) 3m½f|
|1:50pm||Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m3½f|
|2:25pm||Shloer Chase (Registered as the Cheltenham Chase) (Grade 2) 2m|
|3:00pm||Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m½f|
|3:35pm||Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (Registered as the Sharp Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m½f|
|4:05pm||High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) 2m½f|
Cheltenham's November Meeting - Day Three Preview
The first of four Graded races on the third and final day of the November Meeting will see many of the sports best staying chasers go head-to-head. Discorama looks likely to carry the tag of favouritism into the Chapel Stud Handicap, with the likes of Yala Enki, West Approach and Captain Drake also fancied.
Viewers will then take in a stunning renewal of the Shloer Chase, where Defi Du Seuil returns to defend his crown. Philip Hobbs' stable star will have a handful of quality opponents to content with, including Put The Kettle On, Riders Onthe Storm and Rouge Vif.
Edwardstone will then look to continue Alan King's run of good form in the Unibet Greatwood Handicap. Ballyandy could carry top-weight into this competitive two-miler, as with talented sorts like Sebastopol, Proschema and Thyme White also likely to garner support.
The final Graded race on Sunday is the Sharp Novices' Hurdle, where Third Time Lucki will put his unbeaten hurdles career on the line. Promising novices like The Big Breakaway and Happygolucky could run in the opening novices' chase on the card, before Cheltenham's November Meeting comes to a close with a thrilling Listed bumper.