Ascot November Racing Weekend Betting Tips - 22nd & 23rd November 2019

Portrait of Bay Horse in Autumn

The United Kingdom is certainly well catered for when it comes to both the variety and quality of racecourses on offer, with top class venues across almost the length and breadth of the nation. The pick of the bunch though very well might be the beautiful Berkshire venue of Ascot. Most famous for one of the most spectacular flat racing festivals held anywhere in the world, the track also knows how to lay on a quality National Hunt event, and hits its stride relatively early in the season with this late Autumn cracker.

Themed around the pleasure to be found in owning a racehorse, we have 13 contests on offer over the Friday and Saturday of this meeting, with the Saturday in particular being an opportunity to see some of the real stars of the game in action.

 

About Ascot's November Racing Weekend

If you asked someone with only a passing interest in racing to name a course where they would expect to be able to see some flat racing then it’s a reasonably safe bet that they’d mention Ascot. The course that has such close ties with the Royal Family is famed for phenomenal flat races like the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Yet it also plays host to some top jump races, with the November Racing Weekend being a time when the best jumpers in the business roll up to Ascot like an invading party coming to see how the other half lives.

It’s a weekend that has had various motivations since its inception, though the current one comes under the banner of being the ‘Discover Racehorse Ownership Weekend’, encouraging those that might not otherwise know an awful lot about racing to head to the course and see what they can learn. It’s free to enter on the Friday, with the excitement of the races on the course matched by the chance to pick up some tips and hints about the sport off it. Things get more serious on the Saturday, though, thanks in no small part to the pair of Grade 2 races that take place.

The Friday is all about education for those that don’t have a huge heap of interest in or knowledge of the sport. There are fund-raising opportunities for the Animal Health Trust and the Retraining of Racehorses, whilst you’ll also get a chance to have a go on an equicisor and see if you’ve got what it takes to be a jockey. That doesn’t mean that the racing itself is an irrelevance, of course and there are plenty of races that will capture the imagination.

The Saturday of the meeting sees things become a bit more serious on the track, though the day itself remains about trying to get people more interested in the world of horse racing. Before the racing gets underway, for example, there’s often a walk around the course with a professional or former jockey who will talk you through the process of what racing at Ascot entails. You’ll also see a procession of retired horses if you get there early enough.

Obviously the most important thing remains the racing itself, so on that front you’ll be treated to a host of exciting numbers that are capped off with the two Grade 2 offerings that you’ll want to keep a close eye on.

The November Racing Weekend Race List

Let’s look at the two day’s worth of racing that takes place in November before we take a closer look at those two Grade 2 feature offerings. As with pretty much any race meeting, both the order and exact presence of the races can change at any point, but here’s the list of races as they are in November 2019.

RacePrize MoneyAgesObstacles
Day One - Friday
Ascot Novices' Chase £16,800 4 Years Old + 16 fences
Zeelo Maiden Hurdle £10,400 4 Years Old + 10 hurdles
Kim Baily Introductory Hurdle £20,000 4 Years Old + 8 hurdles
Creativevents Handicap Chase £35,000 4 Years Old + 17 fences
Berkshire Handicap Chase £26,800 4 Years Old + 20 fences
Ascot Handicap Hurdle £30,000 4 Years Old + 8 hurdles
Day Two - Saturday
Molton Brown Novices' Hurdle £20,000 4 Years Old + 10 hurdles
Ascot Chase £13,800 4 Years Old + 20 fences
Trisoft Mares' Handicap Hurdle £11,800 4 Years Old + 11 hurdles
Christy 1965 Chase £70,000 4 Years Old + 17 fences
Coral Hurdle £100,000 4 Years Old + 10 hurdles
Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap £125,000 4 Years Old + 13 fences
Ascot Standard Open NH Flat Race £7,000 4 Years Old + -

The Feature Races in Detail

Most of the information you’ll need to know about the races can be gleaned from the above, given that it tells you how many jumps they feature and the age of the horses that can take part in them and how valuable they are. Yet there are two races that are considered to be that little bit more noteworthy than the others, so here’s a look at them both.

Coral (Ascot) Hurdle

Registered as the Ascot Hurdle but known as the Coral Hurdle because of sponsorship, this Grade 2 race is open to horses aged four and over. It is run over a distance of around two miles, three furlongs and fifty-eight yards and features ten hurdles.

A number of horses have won the race more than once, including Gaye Brief, Morley Street and Muse. In terms of what the race can be useful for in a learning sense, the answer is some of the biggest future jumps races. Take Annie Power, for example, who won the Ascot Hurdle in 2013 and then went on to win the Champion Hurdle and Aintree Hurdle two years later.

In similar fashion there’s Baracouda, whose 2001 and 2002 wins were a prelude to winning the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury. Dawn Run, meanwhile, used the Ascot Hurdle as the kick-start of her hurdling career, winning the likes of the Champion Hurdle, Aintree Hurdle and, of course, the Gold Cup in the years that followed to become the most successful racemare in National Hunt history.

To put it another way, this race separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to top-level hurdles. Not all of them win this race at the start of their career, with Rock On Ruby being an example of one that won the Champion Hurdle and the Relkeel Hurdle in the years before this, but it’s a tough race that brings out the best in the competitors. If you want to know about decent hurdlers then this is one to watch.

1965 Chase

This race might only be young, having been inaugurated in 2006, but it’s already been taken to the heart of the National Hunt community. The Grade 2 offering is run right-handed over two miles, five furlongs and eight yards. It is open to horses aged four and up with the following weight information at play:

  • 4-year-olds: 10 stone 7 pounds
  • 5-year-olds and over: 11 stone 1 pound
  • Fillies and mares receive a 7 pound allowance

The race features seventeen fences that must be negotiated. It is named in honour of the year that jump racing first took place at Ascot, 1965, and was a limited handicap when it was created in 2006. In 2009 it switched to become a conditions race and before 2015 it was run over two miles and three furlongs.

A race similar to this known as the First National Gold Cup, which was a limited handicap offering run over two miles and four furlongs, took place between 1994 and 2004. It was restricted to horses that were either in their first season or their second season of steeple chase racing.