The magic starts as The Jockey Club welcomes three days of unmissable racing at The November Meeting.

Over three days, Cheltenham showcases exactly why racing is the second largest spectator sport, only behind football. There’s so much other fun to be had, so much to see and do, you’ll struggle to fit everything in to one day, and that’s the very reason why accommodation gets booked up months in advance as people splash out and make a weekend of it.

Countryside Day – Friday 15 November
In 2018 a record crowd of more than 22,000 turned out for the opening day of The November Meeting and the annual Countryside Day. This is a firm favourite in the sporting calendar with a full card, complemented by countryside-themed activities, and this year’s raceday looks set to be as exciting as ever with a number of different activities taking place. GB’s biggest Olympic equine stars will be on parade, including double Olympic gold-winning horse Big Star and Rio Olympics star and Badminton winner Chilli Morning. A moment not to be missed sees racing legend, Sir Anthony McCoy back in the saddle in a dressage display.

Last year’s seven-race card produced top quality action as the Jump season began to hit full speed. Countryside Day hosted the first cross-country chase of the campaign, with the popular J.P. McManus horse Josie’s Orders (Mark Walsh) justifying favouritism when holding off a strong finishing Fact Of The Matter (Gavin Sheehan) for the Jamie Snowden team.

Live music in The Centaur after racing on Friday from The Wurzels who have got a brand new combine harvester and are giving you the key! Unlock your evening’s entertainment in The Centaur with West Country legends.

The November Meeting Saturday – Saturday 16 November
Saturday at The November Meeting is the biggest raceday at Cheltenham outside of The FestivalTM presented by Magners. In 2018, glorious sunshine was on hand all day and a record crowd of over 32,000 were entertained with top class racing, featuring the highlight of the weekend, the BetVictor Gold Cup Chase.

The feature race provided a popular winner with Gary Moore’s Baron Alco taking the top spot under his son Jamie Moore. The 8/1 shot held off the eventual 2019 Ryanair Chase victor Frodon, in a battle up the famous Cheltenham hill. A relieved trainer Gary commented after the race: “Thank goodness the owner (John Stone) talked me into running him – I almost took him out because I didn’t think the ground would suit. This horse is all heart and he showed that today.”

As an exclusive offer for Rewards4Racing Members, Cheltenham racecourse are rolling back to the original ticket price for one week only. Book your November Saturday ticket using the code R4R5OFF before Wednesday 6th November 23:59pm for £5 off.

The November Meeting Sunday – Sunday 17 November
Under 18s race for free at The November Meeting Sunday which is our first Family Fun Day of the season. There’s heaps to keep the kids entertained all day on Sunday. Head to the Family Fun Zone (Club and Tattersalls ticket holders) in the Tented Village for a packed day-long schedule. It’s absolutely free and – importantly – completely undercover so it doesn’t matter what the weather throws at you. Budding Barry Geraghtys can enter Sam’s Funky Fun horse hopper races, there’s face painting, balloon modelling and appearances at intervals throughout the day from special guests The Minions to keep the little ones entertained at intervals throughout the day. While horseracing will forever take centre stage at the most famous sporting amphitheatre in the world, it’s easy to understand why The November Meeting is the biggest event at Cheltenham outside of The Festival. Add the manifold extras on offer and you’ve got all the ingredients for a real cracker of a weekend.

by Dan Wilson at Rewards4Racing

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