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Cheltenham 15:40 Result

Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • 5yo+, 21 Runners
  • jumps, Turf
  • Winner £46,423, 2nd £17,490, 3rd £8,753, 4th £4,373, 5th £2,195, 6th £1,097, 7th £545, 8th £281
  • Distance 2m 4f 127y
  • Going GOOD TO SOFT (6.2)
  • Off Time 15:43
  • Winning Time 05:18
  • Race Status: WeighedIn
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  • The Shunter silk
    The Shunter
    • Jordan Gainford
    • Emmet Mullins
    • 8 years, 10-12
    5 Tips
    9/4 F

    travelled strongly, led, tracked leader when headed 3rd, led before 2 out, kept on strongly, ridden out

    Tipped by:

    • Robin Goodfellow - Daily Mail
    • Garry Owen - Daily Record
    • Steve Mason - RP Ratings
    • Marlborough - Telegraph
    • The Guardian
  • Farclas silk
    • Jack Kennedy
    • Mrs Denise Foster
    • 7 years, 11-4
    1 Tip
    2 Naps

    midfield, pushed along when stumbled home turn, ridden and headway 2 out, went third approaching last, stayed on and went second final 110yds, always held


    • Daily Post
    • Yorkshire Post

    Tipped by:

    • Steve Boow - SPOTLIGHT
  • Top Notch silk
    3 ¼
    Top Notch
    • Luca Morgan
    • Nicky Henderson
    • 10 years, 11-12
    Tip button hidden

    tracked leaders, pushed along home turn, made challenge 2 out, soon ridden, held last, kept on but no extra when lost second final 110yds

  • Coole Cody silk
    Coole Cody
    • Tom O'Brien
    • Evan Williams
    • 10 years, 11-1
    Tip button hidden

    tracked leaders, hit 11th, ridden after 2 out, kept on and went fourth final 110yds, not pace to challenge

  • Assemble silk
    • Rachael Blackmore
    • Joseph Patrick O'Brien
    • 7 years, 11-6
    Tip button hidden

    midfield, headway after 3 out, ridden home turn, hung left but went fourth after 2 out, stayed on but no extra when lost fourth final 110yds

  • Huntsman Son silk
    Huntsman Son
    • Kielan Woods
    • Alex Hales
    • 11 years, 11-5
    Tip button hidden

    held up in rear, steady headway after 3 out, ridden when switched right approaching last, stayed on but always held

  • Caribean Boy silk
    Caribean Boy
    • Daryl Jacob
    • Nicky Henderson
    • 7 years, 11-11
    1 Tip

    midfield, pushed along from 12th, outpaced before 3 out, headway after 2 out, stayed on but no chance run-in

    Tipped by:

    • James Burn - LAMBOURN
  • Sully D'oc Aa silk
    Sully D'oc Aa
    • Richie McLernon
    • Anthony Honeyball
    • 7 years, 10-9
    1 Tip

    midfield, pushed along when bit short of room home turn, soon ridden, headway when hit 2 out, no extra run-in

    Tipped by:

    • James Stevens - WEST COUNTRY
  • Kiltealy Briggs silk
    Kiltealy Briggs
    • A P Heskin
    • Jamie Snowden
    • 7 years, 10-11
    Tip button hidden

    prominent, led 3rd, hit 10th, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened last

  • Oldgrangewood silk
    • Harry Skelton
    • Dan Skelton
    • 10 years, 11-4
    Tip button hidden

    midfield, headway 3 out, every chance when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and held, weakened run-in

  • Happy Diva silk
    4 ½
    Happy Diva
    • Richard Patrick
    • Kerry Lee
    • 10 years, 11-3
    1 Tip

    towards rear of midfield, hit 10th, ridden and headway 2 out, soon in touch with leaders, weakened run-in

    Tipped by:

    • Jason Heavey - The Star
  • Eamon An Cnoic silk
    Eamon An Cnoic
    • David Noonan
    • David Pipe
    • 10 years, 10-2
    Tip button hidden

    midfield, towards rear 5th, headway into midfield 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from 2 out

  • The Unit silk
    The Unit
    • Tom Cannon
    • Alan King
    • 10 years, 10-6
    Tip button hidden

    midfield, ridden after 3 out, no impression and weakened last

  • Dead Right silk
    Dead Right
    • Tom Scudamore
    • Neil Mulholland
    • 9 years, 10-4
    1 Tip

    always towards rear

    Tipped by:

    • The Scout - Daily Express
  • A Wave Of The Sea silk
    2 ¼
    A Wave Of The Sea
    • Mark Walsh
    • Joseph Patrick O'Brien
    • 5 years, 11-0
    1 Tip

    towards rear of midfield, some headway after 4 out, ridden after 3 out, soon beaten

    Tipped by:

    • Templegate - The Sun
  • Two Taffs silk
    1 ¾
    Two Taffs
    • Sam Twiston-Davies
    • Nigel Twiston-Davies
    • 11 years, 10-13
    Tip button hidden

    prominent, tracked leaders from 8th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before 2 out

  • Paddy's Poem silk
    2 ¼
    Paddy's Poem
    • James Davies
    • Nick Gifford
    • 10 years, 10-10
    1 Nap

    tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out, stumbled last


    • Karl Hedley - Irish Post
  • Mister Whitaker silk
    4 ½
    Mister Whitaker
    • Jonathan Burke
    • Mick Channon
    • 9 years, 11-8
    2 Tips

    always towards rear

    Tipped by:

    • Newsboy - Daily Mirror
  • Champagne Court silk
    Champagne Court
    • Nick Scholfield
    • Jeremy Scott
    • 8 years, 10-6
    1 Tip

    held up in rear, ridden after 4 out, weakened after 3 out

    Tipped by:

  • Fils D'Oudairies silk
    Fils D'Oudairies
    • Donagh Meyler
    • Joseph Patrick O'Brien
    • 6 years, 11-3
    1 Tip
    1 Nap

    mistakes, held up in rear, ridden after 3 out, no impression when fell last


    • The Times

    Tipped by:

    • Rob Wright - The Times
  • Maypole Class silk
    Maypole Class
    • Gavin Sheehan
    • Jonjo O'Neill
    • 7 years, 10-4
    Tip button hidden

    midfield, dropped to last after 13th, tailed off when pulled up 2 out

  • Smarty Wild silk
    Smarty Wild
    • Richard Johnson
    • Philip Hobbs
    • 7 years, 10-8
    Tip button hidden

    unsuitable ground

  • Laskalin silk
    • Charlie Deutsch
    • Venetia Williams
    • 6 years, 11-1
    Tip button hidden

    unsuitable ground


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Cheltenham Tips

What is the Festival Plate Handicap Chase?

The Festival Plate is a handicap chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, St Patrick’s Day, run over two miles, four furlongs and 127 yards. The race is one of the more difficult betting heats during the four days, and winners regularly return at a double-figure price, with Carrickboy winning in the Trevor Hemmings colours at 50/1 back in 2013. 

The history of the Festival Plate Handicap Chase

The Festival Plate began life in 1951, and was named the Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup, in memory of the 2nd Baron Mildmay of Flete. The race has been sponsored since 2006, and is currently backed by Brown Advistory and Merriebelle Stable. It was named in honour of bookmaker Freddie Williams for the 2009 renewal. Three trainers have won the race on three occasions, Bobby Renton, Nicky Henderson and Martin Pipe, while The Tsarevich and Elfast are the only two horses to have ever won the race twice.   

What happened in the 2021 Festival Plate Handicap Chase?

Sent off a short-priced 9/4 favourite, Irish raider The Shunter was a comfortable winner of this competitive handicap, as he went on to beat Farclas by three lengths. Outsider Top Notch ran a mighty race to grab third place off top weight, while Coole Cody completed the first four.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Festival Plate Handicap Chase?

Winners of the Festival Plate aren’t perhaps quite as illustrious as winners of other races at the festival, though several useful performers have won the race over the years, including the 2017 winner the Noel Meade-trained Road To Respect. He belied his odds of 14/1 to run out a comfortable winner of the Festival Plate, scoring by six lengths, and it didn’t take long for him to prove his talents, following up in a Grade 1 contest at Fairyhouse the following month. Road To Respect has since won the Grade 1 Christmas Chase at Leopardstown in 2017, one of the top staying chases of the season, before blowing away the field to win the Grade 1 jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal the following season. Road To Respect has impressed in his two festival starts since winning the Festival Plate, finishing fourth in the 2018 Gold Cup and third in the 2019 Ryanair Chase, and considering he’s due to turn nine this season, his owners Gigginstown House Stud will be hopeful that there’s more to come yet. 

Are there any trials for the Festival Plate Handicap Chase?

The Festival Plate’s make-up as a fiercely competitive handicap chase over two and a half miles means that there’s a multitude of different routes to the race, and recent winners have had both progressive profiles and have also dropped back into handicap company from graded contests. Competitive handicap races, such as the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham, are strong starting points.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Festival Plate Handicap Chase?

The most successful jockey in the history of the Festival Plate is the great Fred Winter, who has won the race on three occasions, with Slender (1951), Sy Oui (1953) and Caesar’s Helm (1958).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Festival Plate Handicap Chase?

The honour of being the most successful trainer in the history of the Festival plate is shared by three trainers, Bobby Renton, Martin Pipe and Nicky Henderson, with four each. The latter’s four wins in the race came courtesy of The Tsarevich (1985 & 1986), Liberthine (2005) and Non So (2006), while Martin Pipe’s four wins came courtesy of Terao (1997), Majadou (1999), Dark Stranger (2000) and Blowing Wind (2002). Meanwhile, Bobby Renton’s four victories came with Tudor Line (1954), Caesar’s Helm (1958), Siracusa (1959) and Merry Court (1968). 

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