Cheltenham Open Meeting
Friday - Countryside Day
Saturday - Paddy Power Gold Cup Day
Sunday - The Open Sunday
11th, 12th and 13th November 2016

North Hill Harvey's stamina came to the fore as he edged out Modus in the stanjames.com Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.

Fox Norton reeled in the front-running Special Tiara to make a winning start for Colin Tizzard in the Shloer Chase.

Le Prezien justified odds-on favouritism in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase.

Moon Racer ran out an impressive winner of a tactical renewal of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Trial.

Taquin Du Seuil got the better of a thrilling battle with Village Vic as the older brigade fought out the BetVictor Gold Cup.

Defi Du Seuil maintained his unbeaten record since joining Philip Hobbs with a hard-earned victory in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial.

Roger Loughran's victory on 13/2 shot Peregrine Run in the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Hyde Novices' Hurdle was his first at Cheltenham.

The Nicky Henderson-trained O O Seven ran out a facile winner of the Steel Plate and Sections Novices' Chase, the third race on day one, Countryside Day, of The Open 2016.

Astracad made a winning seasonal debut in the Glenfarclas Veterans' Handicap Chase, a race staged in place of the cross-country chase which was abandoned earlier in the week.

Three fancied horses to oppose at Cheltenham’s Open meeting
There are three exciting days of action coming up at Cheltenham. Each day provides plenty of decent punting opportunities but, without knowing the exact runners at the time of writing, it is tough to be categoric as far as selections are concerned.

Trainer Paul Nicholls labelled Old Guard a 'different horse' this season after the 12/1 shot ran out the comfortable winner of the 2015 StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle.

Sprinter Sacre bounced back to somewhere near his very best when running out the commanding winner of the 2015 Shloer Chase.

Garde La Victoire justified his place as the 8/15 favourite when winning the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase by two and a half lengths from Fox Norton for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson.

Trainer Nicky Henderson was delighted with the performance of Altior after the 2/1 favourite battled well up the hill to get the better of Maputo by half a length in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle.

Trainer Alan King was delighted with the performance of Annacotty after the 12/1 shot ground out a half-length victory over the fast finishing Buywise in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Saturday’s seven-race programme got underway with £30,000 Grade Two JCB Triumph Hurdle (12.40pm). Wolf Of Windlesham produced a minor upset when running out the half length winner of the extended two mile event.

Shantou Village was an impressive 15-length winner of the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle under Noel Fehily.

Josies Orders survived a number of mishaps to run out the one and a quarter length victory over Any Currency in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.

Jockey Barry Geraghty was pleased with the performance of More Of That, who ran out the comfortable two and a half length winner of the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase over two and a half miles.

AP McCoy turns his hands to dressage during The Open 28/09/15
The biggest Jump meeting in the UK this side of Christmas, The Open, takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 13, 14 and 15. This year's event is set to be as thrilling as ever, with three days of top-class racing, atmosphere and revelry.

Garde La VictoireTakes Greatwood 16/11/14
Garde La Victoire gave trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson a sixth winner at Cheltenham's three-day Open meeting when making all in the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle.

Uxizandre Classy in Shloer 16/11/14
Uxizandre secures a double on the card for Barry Geraghty with a win in the Shloer Chase.

Dunraven Storms to Trial Victory 16/11/14
Trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson both recorded their fifth victory of The Open meeting when Dunraven Storm ran out a commanding winner of the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial.

Vyta Du Roc Battles to Sharp Win 16/11/14
Vyta Du Roc wins the SkyBet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Trial under Barry Geraghty, a first win at this three-day meeting for Nicky Henderson.

Caid Du Berlais Takes Paddy Power 15/11/14
Caid Du Berlais got up in the shadows of the post to deny Johns Spirit a second successive Paddy Power Gold Cup in a thrilling finish to the feature race at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Golden Doyen Battles to JCB Triumph 15/11/14
Golden Doyen fought back tenaciously to deny Hargam by three quarters of a length in a pulsating finish to the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Chetlenham this afternoon.

Balthazar King of Cheltenham 14/11/14
Course specialist Balthazar King landed the odds in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham to complete a magnificent treble for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson.

Parlour Games Plats Winning Hand 14/11/14
Parlour Games landed his biggest prize over timber to date as he displayed a devastating turn of foot in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Champagne West Sparkles for Hobbs 14/11/14
Champagne West wins the Steel Plate & Sections Novices Chase with Colour Squadron 2nd again.

Simply Ned to Return to Cheltenham for The Open 24/10/14
David and Nicky Robinson's Simply Ned has made some positive progress in the lead up to one of the biggest events on the horse racing calendar.

Dell' Arca Delivers Greatwood Hurdle 17/11/13
Dell' Arca completed a Cheltenham treble for trainer David Pipe when taking the feature StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle.

Dodging Bullets Fires in Arkle Trial 17/11/13
Trainer Paul Nicholls admits some of his horses have run disappointingly this season for no apparent reason, but his Dodging Bullets did not let the stable down today.

McCoy Guides Kid Cassidy to Shloer Chase Success 15/11/13
Kid Cassidy was given a beautiful ride by A P McCoy to land the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham this afternoon by three and a quarter lengths from the 5/6 favourite Sire De Grugy.

The Liquidator Supreme in Novices' Hurdle 17/11/13
The Liquidator made every post a winning one when recording a smooth success in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Johns Spirit Battles to Paddy Power Gold Cup Glory 16/11/13
Johns Spirit fought bravely to deny the fast-finishing Colour Squadron and record a three quarter length victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Creepy Lands Neptune Hurdle 16/11/13
Trainer Martin Keighley and jockey Ian Popham put the disappointment of Champion Court’s poor run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup behind them after the well-backed 9/2 shot Creepy landed the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle by one length this afternoon.

Royal Irish Hussar Triumphs at Cheltenham 16/11/13
Champion jump trainer Nicky Henderson expressed a degree of surprise after 10/11 favourite Royal Irish Hussar took the opening race, the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial, by three and three-quarter lengths.

Balthazar King Rules at Cheltenham 15/11/13
The tough and consistent Balthazar King gained his revenge on last year’s conqueror Uncle Junior when the two fought out the finish for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

Taquin Du Seuil Sprints to Cheltenham Win 15/11/13
Taquin Du Seuil got the better of Oscar Whisky in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

All Set for The Open at Cheltenham Racecourse 01/10/13
Jump racing is just around the corner and the biggest race meeting this side of Christmas, The Open at Cheltenham Racecourse, will see a six per cent increase in prize money over the three days, with a record £743,000 on offer. [more]

Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle Winner at The Cheltenham Open 20/11/12
Opus Energy, the UK’s leading business energy supplier, would like to congratulate Paul Nicholls who trained Dodging Bullets, for winning this year’s £25,000 Grade Two Opus Energy Novices’ Hurdle. [more]

Coneygree All The Way in Neptune 18/11/12
Coneygree made all of the running to win the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. [more]

Olofi On Song in Racing Post Hurdle 18/11/12
Olofi, trained by Tom George and ridden by Paddy Brennan, won the Racing Post Hurdle at Cheltenham. [more]

Captain Conan in Command of Racing Post Arkle Trial 18/11/12
Captain Conan made a good start to life over fences with victory in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham. [more]

Al Ferof Simply Stunning in Paddy Power Gold Cup 17/11/12
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls won his first Paddy Power Gold Cup as the Ruby Walsh-ridden Al Ferof put up a terrific performance under 11st 8lb. [more]

Far West Storms Triumph Hurdle Trial 17/11/12
Trainer Paul Nicholls continued his fine start to the season with Far West, who followed up his Chepstow victory last month with a gutsy success in the Grade Two JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial. [more]

Dodging Bullets On Fire in Open Novices Hurdle 16/11/12
5-4 favourite Dodging Bullets made virtually every yard in the Grade Two Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle to give Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh a double on the first day of the Open Meeting at Cheltenham. [more]

Dynamite Dynaste Delights in Debut Over Fences 16/11/12
Dynaste followed in the hoofprints of his smart stablemate Grands Crus as he made a stunning fencing debut, powering away with the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase, the first event of the Open meeting at Cheltenham. [more]

Cause Of Causes On Target for Racing Post Hurdle 15/11/12
Gordon Elliott’s improving four-year-old Cause Of Causes will bid to go one better in a valuable handicap hurdle when he lines up in the £100,000 Grade Three Racing Post Hurdle (2.50pm) at Cheltenham on the third and final day of The Open, this Sunday, November 18. [more]

Moon Dice On Track for Racing Post Hurdle 09/11/12
Irish raider Moon Dice, who won the valuable Galway Hurdle in July 2011, is on course for a second crack at the £100,000 Grade Three Racing Post Hurdle over an extended two miles at Cheltenham on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 18. [more]

Grands Crus & Hunt Ball Head 43 in Paddy Power Gold Cup 07/11/12
This year’s £160,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup looks set to serve up another treat for Jump racing fans with a host of stars among the 43 entries for the highlight of The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 17. [more]

Olofi On Song for Racing Post Hurdle 07/11/12
Trainer Tom George is hoping that Olofi can make it third time lucky in the £100,000 Racing Post Hurdle after the six-year-old was allotted 10st 7lb for the feature race of the third and final day of Cheltenham’s Open meeting on Sunday, November 18. [more]

Racing Post Arkle Trial Option for Sire De Grugy 31/10/12
Grade Two-winning hurdler Sire De Grugy made a successful transition to fences when scoring by six lengths at Kempton Park on October 21 and his trainer Gary Moore is now considering a tilt at the £25,000 Grade Two Racing Post Arkle Trial. The two-mile novices’ chase takes place at Cheltenham on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 18, 2012. [more]

Court Minstrel and Hold Court Handed Open Novices Hurdle Option
28/10/12
Trainer Evan Williams is considering a crack at the £25,000 Grade Two Opus Energy Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham with impressive Showcase scorer Court Minstrel or Ludlow winner Hold Court. The extended two-mile contest takes place on Countryside Day, Friday, November 16, 2012, the first day of The Open. [more]

The New One Targets More Cheltenham Success 24/10/12
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is eyeing the £25,000 Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle on Sunday, November 18, the third and final day of The Open at Cheltenham. [more]

Free Racing Tips

Brampour Moves Up a Gear to Take Greatwood Handicap Hurdle 13/11/11
Harry Derham’s fairytale with Brampour leapt onto another level today when they teamed up to win the £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. [more]

Great Endeavour Brings Johnson Seventh Paddy Power 12/11/11
Owner David Johnson claimed his seventh victory in the Paddy Power Gold Gup as Great Endeavour provided trainer David Pipe with his fourth win at this year’s The Open meeting under Timmy Murphy. [more]

Grand Crus Impressive Over Fences 11/11/11
David Pipe secured a Cheltenham treble when crack staying hurdler Grands Crus made a winning debut over fences in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase. [more]

Steps To Freedom On Road to Festival 11/11/11
Steps To Freedom could head straight to the Festival meeting after edging out Prospect Wells in the Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. [more]

Via Galilei & Harry Tricker On Course for Greatwood 09/11/11
Trainer Gary Moore is set to launch a dual assault on the £100,000 Grade Three Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.20pm), with Via Galilei (11st 2lb) and Harry Tricker (10st 1lb) due to contest the extended two-mile contest, highlight of the third day of The Open at Cheltenham, Sunday, November 13. [more]

Paddy Power Gold Cup Trends 09/11/11
Run over 2M 4½F, it’s a handicap chase which attracts some of the best staying chasers out there, having been won by Our Vic, Exotic Dancer and Imperial Commander in recent years. Last season Long Run finished 3rd in this en route to winning the Gold Cup. [more]

Pateese Leads Acceptors for Greatwood Handicap Hurdle 07/11/11
Pateese, an emphatic winner at Sandown over the weekend, is among 26 horses confirmed for the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday, November 13. [more]

Poquelin Tops Paddy Power Possibles 07/11/11
Top-weight Poquelin heads the 32 five-day acceptors for for the £150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.35pm), highlight of Saturday, November 12. [more]

Flynn Aiming to Roll the Dice Once More in Greatwood Handicap Hurdle 02/11/11
Trainer Paul Flynn is aiming for another big handicap hurdle prize with his progressive hurdler Moon Dice, who has been allotted 10st 6lb for the £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.20pm), which takes centre stage at Cheltenham on Sunday, November 13. [more]

Third Intention & Cue Card Heading to The Open at Cheltenham
31/10/11
Trainer Colin Tizzard is looking forward too seeing Third Intention and Cue Card return to Cheltenham for The Open, which runs from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13. [more]

Loosen My Load Heads Strong De Bromhead Team for Cheltenham
28/10/11
Henry de Bromhead is looking forward to seeing Loosen My Load head back to Cheltenham for a crack at the £150,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.35pm), highlight of The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 12. [more]

Showcase Winner Kalann Set to Return for Greatwood Handicap Hurdle 26/10/11
Some of the leading contenders in the hurdling division will also be on show at The Open in the feature race on Sunday, November 13, the £100,000 Grade Three Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (2.20pm), which has attracted a top-quality entry of 45. [more]

Superb Paddy Power Gold Cup in Prospect at The Open 26/10/11
An outstanding entry of 51 has been received for the £150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.35pm), highlight of The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 12. [more]

West With The Wind to Head Williams Team for The Open at Cheltenham 20/10/11
Evan Williams has his string in fine form at present and the Glamorgan trainer is hopeful that Lancetto’s triumph at The Showcase last weekend is merely a prelude to further Cheltenham glory at The Open next month, with Buck Mulligan and the exciting West With The Wind also being aimed at the prestigious event. [more]

Nicholls Duo the Biggest Market Movers Following the Cheltenham Open Meeting 15/11/10
The status of the Cheltenham Open meeting continues to grow year on year and its reputation as the best three days racing outside of the Festival in March is a consensus that anyone in attendance at Prestbury Park over the weekend would agree with. [more]

Menorah Menacing in Greatwood 14/11/10
Menorah announced his arrival on the Stan James Champion Hurdle stage with a career-best performance under top-weight in the £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. [more]

Little Josh Strikes Gold in Paddy Power 13/11/10
Nigel Twiston-Davies' Little Josh, an eight-year-old who carried the colours of owner Tony Bloom, led throughout to land the £150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup at odds of 20/1, and to complete the Twiston-Davies family’s delight he was ridden by Nigel’s 18-year-old son, Sam. [more]

Cue Card Enhances Reputation 12/11/10
A sight to gladden the hearts of Jump-racing fans came at Cheltenham on Friday when four-year-old Cue Card retained his unbeaten record in exciting fashion. [more]

Cue Card Out to Enhance Reputation at Cheltenham 10/11/10
All eyes will be on the extremely exciting novice Cue Card when the Colin Tizzard-trained gelding bids to maintain his unbeaten status in the Grade 2 Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices’ Hurdle (1.50) at Prestbury Park this afternoon. [more]

Mann Looks to Mr Big in Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 11/11/10
Mr Big heads to the £25,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3.00pm) at The Open tomorrow, Friday, November 12, having negotiated the daunting banks and fences of the famous Velka Pardubice in the Czech Republic on his most recent outing. [more]

Cooper Hands Forpadydeplasterer a Cheltenham Assignment 10/11/10
Forpadydeplasterer heads to Cheltenham for an exciting renewal of the £50,000 Sinbad Testimonial 2010/2011 Chase (1.45pm), which brings together a select bunch of crack two-milers on Sunday, November 14. [more]

Hobbs Hopes Menorah Can Prove a Top Hurdler at The Open This Weekend 10/11/10
Philip Hobbs paraded his main hopes for The Open, the three-day Cheltenham meeting which kick starts the Jump season, at his Sandhill yard near Minehead in Somerset on Tuesday, November 9, during a Paddy Power/Cheltenham media stable visit. [more]

Davis Hoping for Good Show from Passato 10/11/10
Passato rocketed up the handicap this summer when landing a four-timer and Jo Davis’ charge heads to Cheltenham on Saturday, November 13, for his stiffest test yet, a tilt at The Open’s feature event, the Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup for which he is a 40/1 chance with the sponsor. [more]

Long Run Favourite for Paddy Power Gold Cup 09/11/10
This weekend the jumps season really gets into overdrive, with the Open meeting at Cheltenham, three days of quality National Hunt racing, the pinnacle of which is the Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday. [more]

Top Class Entry for Cheltenham’s Greatwood Hurdle 09/11/10
One of the most revealing Champion Hurdle trials is the Grade 3, Greatwood Handicap Hurdle which will be run at Cheltenham on Sunday November 14th as part of the ever popular Paddy Power and this year it has 25 high-class contenders remaining at yesterday’s five-day stage. [more]

Last Year’s Leading Novice Hurdlers Set to Clash in Cheltenham’s Greatwood Hurdle 04/11/10
The Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, which will be run at Cheltenham on Sunday November 14th, is likely to bring together the top two from the 2010 Supreme Novices Hurdle, Menorah and Get me Out Of Here. [more]

Tatenen’s Confidence Boosted Ahead of Potential Paddy Power Gold Cup Raid 05/11/10
Tatenen delighted new trainer Richard Rowe with a sound round of jumping at Kempton Park on Monday and the high-class gelding could take his new-found confidence to The Open at Cheltenham for the £150,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.35pm) on Saturday, November 13. [more]

Goldsworthy Eyes Paddy Power Gold Cup for Hills of Aran 05/11/10
Hills Of Aran is on the comeback trail and has the £150,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.30pm) at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 13, as his probable next target according to trainer Keith Goldsworthy, who saddled Hold Em to take third in last season’s renewal of the extended two and a half-mile contest. [more]

Leading Irish Novice Chasers Dreaming of Cheltenham Success 03/11/10
Galway handler Paul Gilligan is looking forward to seeing his stable star Berties Dream return to the scene of his greatest success when he lines up in the Ultima Frontrunner In IT Solutions Novices’ Chase (1.15pm) over an extended three miles at The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 13. [more]

Architrave Heads to The Open for the JCB Juvenile Hurdle
02/11/10
Architrave is unbeaten in three starts over hurdles and trainer Tim Vaughan is looking for win number four when the three-year-old steps out at Cheltenham for the £25,000 Grade Two JCB Juvenile Hurdle (12.45pm) over an extended two miles at The Open on Saturday, November 13. [more]

Long Run, Poquelin & Tranquil Sea Head Fantastic Paddy Power Gold Cup Entry 27/10/10
This year’s £150,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup looks set to be another superb renewal with the likes of Long Run, Poquelin and Tranquil Sea featuring among the 53 entries for the showpiece of The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 13. [more]

Tranquil Sea, Catch Me & Osana to be Entered in Paddy Power Gold Cup 26/10/10
After saddling the first Irish-trained winner of the £150,000 Grade Three Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.30pm) for 29 years last season, legendary Co Tipperary handler Edward O’Grady is considering three of his stable stars for the highlight of The Open at Cheltenham on Saturday, November 13. [more]

Brennan Times it to Perfection on Khyber Kim 15/11/09
The superb run of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies at The Open continued when Khyber Kim came with a great run from the back to land the feature of day three, the £100,000 Greatwood Hurdle. [more]

Paddy Power Cup Finally Crosses The Irish Sea Once Again 14/11/09
It has been a long time coming, but Tranquil Sea finally broke the 29-year hiatus for Irish-trained horses in the £150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup, winning by four and a half lengths from Poquelin. [more]

Taipan Set for Master Minded Test at The Open 11/11/09
Master Minded is set to make his seasonal debut in a fascinating first running of the Connaught Chase (1.45pm) at The Open on Sunday, November 15. [more]

Numide Steals Limelight in Greatwood Hurdle 16/11/08
Trainer Gary Moore stayed closer to home at Fontwell where he was celebrating the victory of Heathcote but another of his charges, Numide, and the trainer’s son Jamie stole the limelight at Cheltenham, winning the feature race of Sunday’s card after a determined tussle with the favourite Aigle d’Or. [more]

Commanding Win for Twiston-Davies in the Paddy Power Gold Cup 15/11/08
Nigel Twiston-Davies, who won the Paddy Power Gold Cup in 1992 with Tipping Tim and scored earlier on the card with Ballyfitz, sent out Imperial Commander to win on his seasonal debut in the £150,000 feature, the Paddy Power Gold Cup contested by 19 runners. [more]