The Festival Plate

Date Time Class Distance
Thur 18th March 2021 16:10 Grade 3 2 miles 5 furlongs

Results

Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st The Shunter J C Gainford Emmet Mullins
2nd 3 Farclas J W Kennedy Mrs D Foster
3rd 3.25 Top Notch Luca Morgan N J Henderson
4th hd Coole Cody T J O'Brien Evan Williams
5th 0.75 Assemble Rachael Blackmore Joseph P O'Brien
6th 5 Huntsman Son Kielan Woods A M Hales
7th 1 Caribean Boy D A Jacob N J Henderson
8th nk Sully D'oc Aa R P McLernon A J Honeyball
9th 0.75 Kiltealy Briggs Adrian Heskin Jamie Snowden
10th 0.75 Oldgrangewood Harry Skelton D Skelton
11th 4.5 Happy Diva Richard Patrick Miss Kerry Lee
12th nk Eamon An Cnoic David Noonan D Pipe
13th 7 The Unit Tom Cannon A King
14th 1 Dead Right T Scudamore N P Mulholland
15th 2.25 A Wave Of The Sea M P Walsh Joseph P O'Brien
16th 1.75 Two Taffs Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies
17th 2.25 Paddy's Poem J M Davies N J Gifford
18th 4.5 Mister Whitaker J J Burke M R Channon
19th 7 Champagne Court Nick Scholfield J Scott
- - Smarty Wild Unknown Unknown    
- - Maypole Class G Sheehan Jonjo O'Neill    
- - Laskalin Unknown Unknown    
- - Fils D'oudairies D Meyler Joseph P O'Brien    
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About the Festival Plate

The Festival Plate, also known as the Paddy Power Plate, is a handicap chase that has had its identity affected by several recent changes in sponsorship. The essentials have remained the same, however, with contests covering a distance of 2 miles 5 furlongs and 17 fences on the way to the finishing post.

While the Paddy Power Plate offers one of the more generous purses for a Cheltenham Festival handicap, it’s field comprises horses good enough to compete at Grade 3 handicap level, but unlikely to ever have an impact on higher rated races. Surprisingly the race has produced a multiple title winner, with The Tsarevich winning the race twice in succession in the 1980s.

Betting on the Paddy Power Plate

As with any handicap you’re going to have to do the hard yards for picking a winner yourself, screening the field for horses whose weight and staying power match race and course conditions on the day. That said, the Festival Plate does seem to favour horses who have shown some sort of form prior to competing, so horses with places or wins prior to the race are worth considering, particularly if there are wins over a similar distance.

Wins by rank outsiders are also the exception rather than the norm, which means you’re likely to find the winner lurking in the band of horses priced 16/1 or lower, although you’d be well advised to stay away from the underpriced favourites that are likely to emerge as a consequence of this race following on the day’s feature race.

Festival Plate Past Winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2020 Simply The Betts 7 11-4 Gavin Sheehan Harry Whittington
2019 Siruh Du Lac 6 10-08 Lizzie Kelly Nick Williams
2018 The Storyteller 7 11-04 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2017 Road to Respect 6 10-13 Bryan Cooper Noel Meade
2016 Empire of Dirt 9 10-11 Bryan Cooper Colm Murphy

More past winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2015 Darna 9 10-11 David Bass Kim Bailey
2014 Ballynagour 8 10-09 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2013 Carrickboy 9 10-05 Liam Treadwell Venetia Williams
2012 Salut Flo 7 10-10 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2011 Holmwood Legend 10 10-09 Keiran Burke Patrick Rodford
2010 Great Endeavour 6 10-01 Danny Cook David Pipe
2009 Something Wells 8 10-07 Will Biddick Venetia Williams
2008 Mister McGoldrick 11 11-07 Dominic Elsworth Sue Smith
2007 Idole First 8 10-07 Alan O'Keeffe Venetia Williams
2006 Non So 8 11-03 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2005 Liberthine 6 10-01 Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
2004 Tikram 7 10-00 Timmy Murphy Gary L. Moore
2003 Young Spartacus 10 10-09 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2002 Blowing Wind 9 10-09 Ruby Walsh Martin Pipe
2001 no race     Due to foot-and-mouth crisis  
2000 Dark Stranger 9 10-03 Richard Johnson Martin Pipe
1999 Majadou 5 11-00 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1998 Super Coin 10 10-00 Norman Williamson Richard Lee
1997 Terao 11 10-07 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
1996 Old Bridge 8 09-07 Gary Crone Andrew Turnell
1995 Kadi 6 10-04 Norman Williamson David Nicholson
1994 Elfast 11 11-04 Graham McCourt John Webber
1993 Sacre d'Or 8 11-00 Graham McCourt Nigel Tinkler
1992 Elfast 9 11-00 Martin Lynch John Webber
1991 Foyle Fisherman 12 11-00 Eamon Murphy Josh Gifford
1990 New Halen 9 09-07 Eamon Tierney Paul James
1989 Paddyboro 11 10-07 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford
1988 Smart Tar 7 10-02 Carl Llewellyn Mark Wilkinson
1987 Gee-A 8 09-10 Gee Armytage Geoff Hubbard
1986 The Tsarevich 10 11-05 John White Nicky Henderson
1985 The Tsarevich 9 11-07 John White Nicky Henderson
1984 Half Free 8 11-06 Richard Linley Fred Winter
1983 Mr Peapock 7 09-07 Leslie Bloomfield Trevor Hallett
1982 Doubleuagain 8 10-00 Frank Berry Andy Geraghty
1981 Political Pop 7 10-00 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson
1980 Snowshill Sailor 8 10-04 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1979 Brawny Scot 9 10-00 Ridley Lamb George Fairbairn
1978 King or Country 7 10-09 Paul Leach David Barons
1977 Uncle Bing 8 12-05 John Francome Richard Head
1976 Broncho II 7 11-01 Michael Dickinson Tony Dickinson
1975 Summerville 9 10-13 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1974 Garnishee 10 10-10 David Mould Harry Thomson Jones
1973 Vulgan Town 7 10-00 Johnny Haine Toby Balding
1972 Mocharabuice 9 10-07 Graham Thorner Tim Forster
1971 Hound Tor 7 10-02 Macer Gifford Guy Harwood
1970 Verona Forest 7 11-00 Gerry Scott Neville Crump
1969 Specify 7 11-02 Bob Davies Denis Rayson
1968 Merry Court 7 10-03 Josh Gifford Bobby Renton
1967 French March 7 09-09 Ben Hanbury Tom Hanbury
1966 Tibidabo 6 10-04 Jeff King Arthur Freeman
1965 Snaigow 6 10-03 Johnny Lehane Verly Bewicke
1964 Take Plenty 8 10-01 Ron Vibert Tim Forster
1963 Milo 8 10-04 Josh Gifford Herbert Blagrave
1962 Spring Greeting 7 10-06 Johnny Lehane Verly Bewicke
1961 Malting Barley 6 10-04 Owen McNally Toby Balding
1960 Devon Customer 8 10-04 Joe Guest Syd Bowler
1959 Siracusa 6 10-12 Jumbo Wilkinson Bobby Renton
1958 Caesar's Helm 7 11-06 Fred Winter Bobby Renton
1957 Madras 7 10-02 Johnny Bullock Michael Marsh
1956 Pondapatarri 7 11-00 René Emery George Beeby
1955 Mont Tremblant 9 12-07 Dave Dick Fulke Walwyn
1954 Tudor Line 9 10-12 George Slack Bobby Renton
1953 Sy Oui 8 10-03 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1952 Portarlington 7 10-08 Ken Mullins Willie Stephenson
1951 Canford (DH) 9 12-02 Glen Kelly Ivor Anthony
1951 Slender (DH) 9 10-11 Fred Winter Ryan Price

 

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