Cheltenham – The November Meeting Betting Tips & Predictions
We’re into the thick of autumn and that’s great news for sports fans, with the schedule packed to bursting with varied delights. That means it’s time for our Cheltenham – The November Meeting betting tips and odds. It’s a truly magical time for lovers of horse racing as the National Hunt season takes hold. As always, at this time of year, Cheltenham’s November Meeting, stands centre stage.
The world renowned Prestbury Park venue in Gloucestershire plays host to three sublime days of racing. This attracts some of the biggest names in the game, including the best horses; most talented, fearless jockeys and the trainers looking to prove themselves ace of the pack.
Ever-increasing prize money ensures punters enjoy the cream of the crop. Bookmakers offer big cash prizes to those shrewd enough – or at least lucky enough – to correctly predict the winner of any race. It’s a fine time to follow the sport; so, we thought it only right we bring in our premier horse racing team of tipsters to help guide you towards profits.
With the right selection or two you could line your pockets in good time for an always expensive December. Let’s preview the two main races of the weekend, one on Saturday and the other run on Sunday afternoon. Read on for our Cheltenham – The November Meeting betting tips.
Bet Victor Gold Cup – Saturday 17th November
This is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase open to horses aged four years and older. The Bet Victor Gold Cup is decided over a distance of 2m 4f and carries a prize pool of £160,000 with the winner earning the bulk of that.
First run back in 1960, Fortria entered the history books as the opening day champion . The winning horse scored for Tom Dreaper, under the ride of jockey Pat Taaffe. We’ve had some famous rulers over the years, but no runner has been able to win the title more than twice. Five horses have completed the double, including Gay Trip in 1969 and 1971, and Cyfor Malta 1998 and 2002.
Tony McCoy ranks as the contest’s most successful jockey to date. He’s sat on four winners in the past, but he hasn’t landed the prize since steering Exotic Dancer to the line back in 2006. In terms of a leading trainer, there’s no getting near the great Martin Pipe. Pipe has produced no less than eight kings, between Beau Ranger 1987 and Our Vic 2005.
Splash of Ginge Won Last Year
Followers of the British horse racing scene watched on as Splash of Ginge joined that exclusive winner’s club 12 months ago when claiming the 2017 renewal for the partnership of Nigel Twiston-Davies and Tom Bellamy.
The 10-year-old gelding hasn’t stuck his head in front since that day; however, he’ll be forever remembered for his efforts at Cheltenham, especially by punters who had him backed before the race at a cracking 25/1. The champion held on in what was a tense finish to see off Starchitect, the winning margin being no more than a neck. Le Prezien came home in third to complete the major places; Nicholls’ star crossed the line a further 2 ½ lengths behind when carrying a 6/1 tag.
There was little joy for favourite backers last year and that appears to be the norm in this race. Kylemore Lough went to post as the bookies’ pick at 4/1. Unfortunately, he failed to live up to expectations and, following a couple of mistakes that ruled him out as a contender. He was eventually pulled by jockey Noel Fehily when weakening.
Mister Whittaker Early Favourite
That’ll explain why punters aren’t in a rush to follow the thinking of traders in this year’s Bet Victor Gold Cup. However, those who do plan on putting their trust in the market will find Mister Whittaker marked up as fav. There’s currently no more than William Hill’s 8/1 available to backers and that can’t be easily ignored as most firms trade only 7/1 on the same runner. If you do plan on getting your cash on Mister Whittaker, William Hill is the place to do it.
The six-year-old gelding has won four of 11 starts and placed in the top-three another five times. This explains exactly why the money men are keen to keep on the right side of him. He was last seen completing the hat-trick, following a double at Cheltenham with victory around Carlisle over 2m 4f earlier this month.
Those Cheltenham successes came in a Novices Handicap Chase back in January, and a similar race at the festival in March. Picking up this season where he left off last, Mister Whittaker scored an Intermediate Chase on good ground at Carlisle. He finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of runner-up Happy Diva, pre-race favourite Cyrname back in third.
The Main Contenders
Those preferring to oppose the market will find some talented runners available at nice prices as they scan the list. Second-fav at the time of writing is Rather Be who goes 10/1 at Ladbrokes. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old hasn’t run since being beaten a head by Mister Whittaker at the festival; however, connections will fancy their chances at revenge.
Kalondra is a 12/1 poke when doing your betting at Coral and that’s sure to be popular in the lead-up to race day. Neil Mulholland’s bay is an experienced sort; however, he fell last time when contesting a Sales Chase over 2m 6f at Galway and hasn’t won a race since December 2017. There may be better out there, certainly, if you’re eager to have form onside.
Baron Alco is another with the 12/1 price attached; the seven-year-old chestnut shows stats of six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 18 outings. Having finished outside of the prize places only five times ensures he’ll be a strong pick with each-way backers. Found only one too good in each of his last three, second in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown, Grade 3 Stable Plate at the Cheltenham Festival and, most recently, a handicap chase over 2m 3f at Chepstow in October.
We’re on Mister Whittaker win and Baron Alco each-way.
Greatwood Handicap Hurdle – Sunday 18th November
Highlight of the show on Sunday sees the Grade 3 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle return to our screens. Run over two miles on the old course, Elgin collected the winner’s cheque last year when beating Misterton to the punch; Wayne Hutchinson edged Tom Scudamore by a neck at the post, both the first two priced at 10/1.
As above, the favourite was nowhere to be seen, falling when prominent two from home. This year’s jolly in the ante-post list is Off You Go; however, the fact he’s a 12/1 shot at Coral proves traders are no wiser than anyone else on who will come out on top.
The market leader has won three times from a seven-race card and it’s worth knowing that each of those successes have landed in his last three goes. Four-in-a-row would be something special. That purple patch began at Limerick last December and was followed by success at Leopardstown in the Coral Hurdle and Galway in a handicap hurdle. He’s a progressive horse and bookies don’t fancy taking him on until it becomes clearer just what we’re dealing with here.
Main rivals at this point are thought to be Silver Streak 12/1, If The Cap Fits 14/1, Storm Rising 14/1, Whatswrongwithyou 14/1 and Golden Spear 14/1. The latter looks to be overpriced for us and he’ll line-up as our main play in the race at interest stakes.