The Cheltenham December meeting, known as the International, is one of the major National Hunt meetings as the year draws to a close. It runs for two days, Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 and features the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and the International Hurdle. There will be a host of ante-post betting opportunities on the two big races with some of jump racing’s big names on hand to get the lie of the land before the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in March.

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The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is one of the big betting races in December and is run over two and a half miles. Formerly known as the December Gold Cup, it was first held in 1963 and has been won by some of jump racing’s biggest names.

Flyingbolt, officially the second-best jumps racehorse ever behind the mighty Arkle won this race in 1965 before going on to win the Thyestes Chases, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Irish Grand National in 1966. A true legend of the sport, he remains one of the greatest horses of all time.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls holds the record for the most wins in the race, with five victories between 2009 and 2018, with Poquelin and Frodon both managing to win the race on two occasions – Frodon’s second victory coming on an emotional day under Bryony Frost, who stole the show with a great post-race interview.

Other notable winners of this race include Pegwell Bay (1988), Dublin Flyer (1994), Fondmort (2002) and Exotic Dancer. Exotic Dancer went on to finish second in the King George and Gold Cup

The entries are not yet available for the Cheltenham December meeting but last season’s Cheltenham meetings could provide a decent guide as to what to expect this year.

Last season’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup was won by the heavily fancied Warthog, who had finished placed at the previous Cheltenham meeting in November. He beat Spiritofthegames  who had earlier been placed at the Cheltenham Festival, so any festival form remains solid…

Cheltenham Tips: December Meeting Day 1

The opening day of the meeting features the Grade 3 BetVictor Handicap Chase over 3 miles and 2 furlongs. This has been a permanent fixture in the racing calendar since 2003 and has been won by some high-class horses . The most famous winner of the race is undoubtedly Mon Mome, who was victorious in 2008. Trained by Venetia Williams, he went on to spring a huge shock in the 2009 Grand National at odds of 100/1

Friday’s supporting card includes the the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, which is run over Cheltenham’s unique cross country course. The winner of last year’s race, French challenger Easysland went on to win at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, lowering the colours of dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll who was denied an unprecedented Grand National hat-trick when the meeting at Aintree was called off due to the Covid outbreak

Cheltenham Tips: December Meeting Day 2

The Caspain Caviar Gold Cup and the International Hurdle are the two feature races on Saturday and the former has been a difficult race for punters to solve in recent years, with no successful favourite in the last ten years. 

The International Hurdle has been won by some top hurdlers including Rooster Booster, Comedy Of Errors, Sea Pigeon, while the race has been won three times by Relkeel and The New One..

There is also a Triumph Hurdle trial and the latest in the series of Albert Bartlett novice hurdles, which culminates in a race at the Cheltenham Festival in March. 

Cheltenham Free Bets

Bookmakers will have special offers including Cheltenham Free Bets for the big fixture in December. There will be special enhanced offers and price boosts on the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and International Hurdle and Shloer Chase with many leading industry bookmakers offering extra places on the big race.

Cheltenham Live Streaming

Most of the International meeting at Cheltenham in December will be televised live on ITV. If you are not near a television set, you can stream the action live to your computer, tablet or phone via your bookmaker’s website. Simply place a bet (minimum stake of £1 typically required) to gain access to live streaming from Cheltenham.

When will this page be updated with our Cheltenham Festival Tips?

The Cheltenham Festival looks as if it will go ahead as usual in 2021 and recent government announcements have lent hope that there will be at least some spectators allowed at Cheltenham for the year’s biggest meeting. After the December meeting, we’ll switch our focus on this page back to our buildup to the biggest horse racing event of 2021 – ensuring our readers can make the most of our Cheltenham tips and best bets.

Cheltenham November FAQ’s

Will Cheltenham’s December meeting go ahead?

Yes, the Cheltenham December meeting goes ahead as planned.

What date is Cheltenham’s November meeting?

The Cheltenham Festival 2020 December meeting will take place on Friday 11th December and Saturday 12th December.

Can I buy tickets for Cheltenham in December?

Only Cheltenham members will be allowed to apply for tickets for December’s meeting and they will enter a ballot for entramce.

When is Cheltenham’s next meeting after December?

The New Year’s Day meeting offers the chance to welcome in 2021 with a host of top-class racing.

What races will we be offering Cheltenham Tips for in December?

Our team of expert horse racing tipsters will look to provide tips for every race over the course of the December meeting.

Will spectators be allowed to attend Cheltenham racecourse in December?

Some Cheltenham members may be allowed on course.


TimeRaceOur TipPlace Bet Novice Chase The Big BreakawayPlace Bet
1:50pmPlanteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase Captain DrakePlace Bet
2:25pmShloer Chase Put The Kettle OnPlace Bet
3:00pmUnibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle EdwardstonePlace Bet
3:35pmSky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle Fidelio VallisPlace Bet
4:05pmHigh Sheriff Of Gloucestershire NH Flat Race ConceroePlace Bet


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