The Cheltenham racecourse

The racecourse located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the venue for the Cheltenham Festival in March, also hosts the Cheltenham Open in November.

The Cheltenham racecourse comprises an old and a new course, located next to each other. On the New Course, there is a longer run-in for steeplechase races. Another specific feature of the New Course is that the most of the hurdles on it are jumped in the earler part of the race, and only two are jumped in the last 7 furlongs.

The location also comprises a cross country course, outside the main course, which is the venue for cross country steeplechase races.

The Cheltenham Open

This event is the first prime fixture for the season, and the races during it understandably attract the attention of punters with opportunities for online betting. The 2017 event, due to take place in the period 17 to 19 November, is attractive with the opportunities to see Cheltenham Festival hopefuls running. The 19 races which will be run in the three Open days have prime events, like the BetVictor Gold Cup and the Greatwood Hurdle.

The races in the Cheltenham Open are under the National Hunt, which means that they involve hurdles and steeplechases. The prime events in the National Hunt Races are the Aintree Grand National and the Gold Cup, which belongs to the Cheltenham Open.

The Cheltenham Open schedule

  • 17 November: Day 1, Countryside Day
    • Glenfarclas Veterans' Handicap
    • BetVictor Handicap
    • Steel Plate and Sections Novices' Chase
    • Hyde Novices Hurdle
    • Novices' Handicap Hurdle
    • Markel Amateur Riders Handicap
  • 18 November: Day 2, The BetVictor Gold Cup Day
    • JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
    • Novices Chase
    • BetVictor Handicap Chase
    • BetVictor Gold Cup
    • Regulatory Solutions Handicap Hurdle
    • Martin & Co Jewellers Handicap Hurdle
    • Mares Standard Open Flat Race
  • 19 November: Day 3
    • SkyBet Supreme Novices' Trial Hurdle
    • Racing Post Arkle Trial Novices' Chase
    • Shloer Chase
    • Stan James Greatwood Hurdle
    • Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
    • Jockey Club Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
    • Countryside Day

This is the day on which money will be raised for the Countryside Alliance and Injured Jockeys Fund.

BetVictor Gold Cup Day

This is the day offering seven races of the highest quality and enthralling opportunities for watching and wagering.

The Sunday

This is the only Sunday at Cheltenham when there is a racing event. With six more races, it will abound in opportunities for thrills and bets.

The Glenfarclas Veterans' Handicap

That race is for horses of 5 or more years old, under the National Hunt. The venue for it is the Cheltenham cross country course. The distance run is 3 miles and 7 furlongs, with 32 obstacles to be overcome.

The race is named after the sponsor, the Glenfarclas whisky distillers.

The Hyde Novices Hurdle

This race, also under the National Hunt, is of Grade 2, and is for horses of 4 years or older. The distance run is 2 miles and 5 furlongs, with 10 hurdles to be cleared. The track is left handed. This is a race for novice hurdlers.

The sponsor for the race is Neptune Investment Management, providing support since 2010.

The BetVictor Gold Cup

Being a race under the National Hunt, of Grade 3, the BetVictor Gold Cup is for hourses of 4 or more years old, who run a distance of 2 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs, with 15 fences to be jumped.

Its sponsor since 2016 has been BetVictor.

The Sharp Novices' Hurdle

This Grade 2 race under the National Hunt is for horses of 4 or more years old. The distance run is 2 miles and 110 yards; the track is left handed, and 8 hurdles have to be jumped. This is, too, a race for novice hurdlers.

Since 2013, the sponsor has been SkyBet.

The November Novices' Chase

This race, of Grade 2, under the National Hunt, is for horses of 4 or more years old. It is held on the Old Course, the distance run is 2 miles, with 12 fences to be jumped.

That is a race for novice chasers, sponsored by the Racing Post since 2012.

The StanJames International

This is a race of Grade 2, under the National Hunt, for horses of 4 or more years old. They run on the New Course, along a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong, with 8 hurdles to be overcome. The track is left handed.

The Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

That race, under the National Hunt, is for horses of 4 or more years old. Run on the New Course, it is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs , with 9 hurdles to be cleared. The track is left handed.

The race was named after a National Hunt trainer, Martin Pipe, who scored 32 victories at the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Open odds by online bookmakers

It is best to look for the odds comparison tables to see what each renowned online bookie offers as odds. That will help you to get the best prices for your bets on the races in this event.

If you have not yet opened an account with an online bookmaking site, you should open accounts with a few of them, so that you can get as many advantageous offers as possible. Besides, the opening of the account will save you time, if you intend to place your bet on the very day of the specific race or races.

Free bets on the Cheltenham Open

Before you select the horse or horses on which you will place your bet, it is time for looking for the free bet offers by online bookies. Do not miss taking advantage of the enhanced odds and the price boosts. The run up to the event is the time for looking and comparing free bet offers by bookies, and also looking at the tips for bettors, especially if you are a novice.

The offers for horse racing fans who are going to register are diverse, from £5 to £200. You will surely found offers conforming to your requirements in that large range.

Study the Cheltenham section on the online bookie site or sites you have selected, and you will see when the horse selected by you will run, and you will be able to place your bet. Betting within the affordable range should be your key principle.