Traditionally seen as the start of the winter Jumps season, The Open meeting has expanded in recent years to become a three-day fixture packed with high-quality racing, trade stands in the Shopping Village, a great atmosphere in the grandstands, bars and restaurants. The meeting provides the first big Anglo-Irish clashes of the season and has also attracted challengers from France, Norway and the Czech Republic.
The highlight is the BetVictor Gold Cup, a 2m 41/2f chase held on the Saturday. The £110,000 winnings makes it a major early-season target for the up-and-coming chasers.
30th November to 1st December
The Ladbrokes Trophy is one of the best-known races in the Jump racing calendar and is the highlight of the winter season at Newbury.
Since its inception in 1957, the 3m 21/2f race has been the first major staying chase of the season and often provides a pointer to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National later in the season. The most famous winner was the mighty Arkle (1964 & ’65) and more recently Denman (2007 and 2009) and Bobs Worth (2012) enjoyed success over the testing Newbury fences.
The meeting, renowned for its atmosphere and excitement, is held from Friday to Saturday.