Cheltenham November Meeting - Spread Betting Preview

Cheltenham November Meeting Preview - Who Will Go The Distance?

Excitement is mounting among horse racing fans ahead of the three-day Cheltenham November Meeting and the prestigious contests it encapsulates. It is the most important meeting this side of Christmas and several leading trainers, jockeys and runners will descend upon the famous racetrack to battle it out for fame and fortune. The festival takes place from 16th - 18th November, and the centrepiece is the BetVictor Gold Cup, which will captivate the crowds on Saturday. We can look forward to superb runners like Thistlecrack, Mister Whitaker and Kolandra fighting for victory, and it promises to be a fascinating spectacle.

Can Splash of Ginge Triumph Once More?

Last year Nigel Twiston-Davies' Splash of Ginge delivered a stirring performance to seize the lion's share of the £160,000 prize purse. The popular local trainer has secured victories with Little Josh, Imperial Commander and Tipping Tim in this race over the years, and he will be hoping to add another winner to the list this weekend. However the competition will be ferocious and you can expect all the leading lights in the National Hunt scene - Jonjo O'Neill, Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Dan Skelton, Peter Bowen, Philip Hobbs and more - to be eyeing glory in this important Grade 3 race. It should provide insight as to which horses might thrive in the March Festival at Cheltenham, and punters will keep a keen eye on developments over the entire three days.

Splash of Ginge is among the leading contenders for the meeting's showpiece race, along with Colin Tizzard's Thistlecrack, a former King George winner, and Nicky Henderson's Rather Be. But Mister Whittaker heads the betting after winning the Colin Parker Memorial at Carlisle earlier this month. He beat Rather Be to seize the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap at Cheltenham back in March, and he is on a three-race winning streak.

Feature Races at The November Meeting

The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle is the biggest race on the Friday, and it has yielded some magnificent winners such as Coneygree, Fingal Bay and Diamond Harry in recent years. Also look out for the BetVictor Handicap Chase, the most valuable race on the card. The BetVictor Gold Cup is the big one on the Saturday, but the JCB Triumph Hurdle is well worth watching too, as superstars like Katchit, Apple's Shakira and Defi Du Seuil have claimed it recently. The Sunday offers a number of strong pointers for the March Festival, including the Arkle Trophy Trial, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle Trial and the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, all of which have thrown up Grade 1 winners in the past. The Shloer Chase will also garner plenty of attention on Sunday, and Henderson may use this race to give the legendary Altior his season debut.

Winning Distance Market

The aggregate distance market is one of Sporting Index's most popular when it comes to big horse racing meetings. This allows you to predict the aggregate total of the winning margins of each race at the meeting. The maximum winning distance for a National Hunt race is 30 lengths. A short head counts as 0.1 of a length, a head is 0.2 of a length and a neck is 0.3 of a length, while a victory of half a length naturally counts as 0.5 of a length. At the end of the day, the winning margins of each race are added up to arrive at a cumulative total.

For the opening day of the Cheltenham November Meeting this Friday, Sporting Index may offer a Winning Distance Market spread of 30-35. You could either buy at 35 or sell at 30 and then sit back and watch the action unfold.

Let's say you buy at 35, with a stake of £5 per length. Come the end of the day, if the cumulative total winning distance settles at 52 lengths, that's 17 points above the buy price. That means you earn 17 times your stake and walk away with a profit of £85 (17 x £5 = £85). However, there is of course a risk involved here too. If you take the 35 lengths buy price but the day's races settle at a cumulative total of 27 lengths, the market will settle with an 8 point make up, so you lose eight times your stake. In this case it would result in a loss of £40 (8 x £5 = £40).

Meanwhile If you sell at 30 lengths with a £5 stake, and the cumulative total winning distances settles at 20 lengths, you earn 10 times your stake. This would result in a £50 profit (10 x £5= £50). Again, however, on the flip side of the coin if the total ends up at 40 lengths, you would lose 10 times your stake (40 lengths minus the 30 length sell price = 10), which in this case would result in a £50 loss.

There are daily aggregates on offer at this weekend's November Meeting, which means you will get a slice of the action from every race of your chosen day and what's more when the bigger meetings come around like The Cheltenham Festival, you will have the chance to bet on aggregates across the whole meeting.

Every race becomes charged with possibility and you can enjoy the thrill of having a stake in every race without having to pour over the form each time or worry about which horse will emerge triumphant. Sporting Index have plenty of Cheltenham spread betting options for this meeting and they can all enhance the excitement of the event, including individual race indexes, match bets between two horses, the favourites index and the jockey index.

Who will impress this weekend at the November Meeting? Check out all the latest Cheltenham spread betting markets at Sporting Index.

Please note: Spread Betting involves risk. Losses may exceed deposits.

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