Which races you can look forward to watching on BetVictor Gold Cup day at Cheltenham and how you can get your tickets to Prestbury Park on Saturday 16th November.
When it comes to National Hunt racing, few venues boast the history and prestige of Cheltenham racecourse. On the middle Saturday of November, a capacity crowd of jumps fans will cram themselves into the stands at Prestbury Park, all ready to enjoy a thrilling card on the Saturday of Cheltenham’s November Meeting.
Saturday’s card is headlined by the BetVictor Gold Cup. This three-mile handicap chase has been won by some fantastic horses during it’s 60-year history and it was Gary Moore who was celebrating last year, as Baron Alco joined Gay Trip and Half Free on the famous trophy. Second 12 months ago was Bryony Frost and Frodon, who went one better at the Cheltenham Festival in March as they sealed an unforgettable victory in the Ryanair Chase.
A gaggle of talented juveniles will get Saturday’s festivities off to a flyer in the JCB Triumph Trial. As the name suggests, this Grade Two has produced many winners who go on to star in the Grade One at the Festival in March, with Defi Du Seuil the most recent star to do the Prestbury Juvenile, Triumph Hurdle double.
Before we reach the feature handicap of the day, there’s an equally thrilling three-and-a-half mile staying handicap to enjoy. There was barely a dry eye in the house at the end of last season’s BetVictor Handicap Chase as former Gold Cup winner, Coneygree was given a rousing reception by the Prestbury Park faithful, following a gallant third-place finish behind Rock The Kasbah.
In between the major Graded races, there are a couple of handicap hurdles and an intriguing chase for novices to take in. The card-closing Listed bumper is always a race to be watched closely too, with last season’s winner, The Glancing Queen going on to score again in the big flat race for mares at Aintree’s Grand National Festival earlier this year.
So, with excitement, electricity and clues for that season’s Cheltenham Festival guaranteed, make sure you order your tickets for the Saturday at this year’s November Meeting nice and early, as they’re sure to sell out fast!