From SPORTING INTERESTS The Open, Cheltenham
13 November - 15 November, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire. Britain's most important meeting of the first half of the Jump season, The Open offers three days of top-class racing in mid-November in a beautiful Cotswold setting.It begins with the immensely popular Countryside Raceday (Friday), featuring a host of country pursuits including falconry displays and hound parades; plus the delights of The Open shopping village. The racing highlights are the 30,000 Sharp Novices' Hurdle, run over an two miles, as well as the 30,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase, run over three miles, seven furlongs on the unique cross country course.

The next day sees the prestigious 150,000 Paddy Power Gold Cup, run over an extended two and a half miles, which is the centrepiece of the three-day event.

On Sunday there's the fiercely fought 100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, run over two miles.

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