Every March, Cheltenham Racecourse welcomes around 250,000 spectators to witness incredible, high-quality horse racing in the form of The Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham Racecourse is a world-class horse racing venue and has been the permanent residence of The Festival since 1911, after improvements and renovations that brought the venue in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire up to the impeccable standards it is known to uphold and maintain.
Cheltenham Festival is a four-day meeting held annually on the National Hunt horse racing calendar, made up of 28 thrilling races, including at least one featured race on each day – the last of which is The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Friday.
The 2021 edition of The Festival will share its Thursday with St. Patrick’s Day. Coinciding with this big date on the Irish calendar is a common occurrence, much to the delight of the many Irish visitors that would attend regardless.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The fifth race of the day will be Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase.
About the Race
Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase is open to horses aged 5 years and above and is run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham.
It is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race spanning a total distance of 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 127 yards with a total of 17 fences for the horses to clear.
Inaugurated as The Mildmay of Fleet Handicap Chase in 1951, the first edition of the race was run in April after the planned running in March had been cancelled due to waterlogging.
The Mildmay of Fleet Handicap Chase is named in memory of 2nd Baron Anthony Bingham Mildmay of Fleet who rode three winners at Cheltenham during his career, before dying at the age of 41 as an indirect result of falling from the horse Davy Jones.
Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase will take place on St. Patrick’s Thursday, Thursday the 18th of March at The Cheltenham Festival 2021, beginning at 15:40.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Chantry House (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (12/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Chatham Street Lad (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (16/01/21) – trained by Michael Winters
- Dickie Diver (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (29/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Andy Dufresne (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (05/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Fakir D’oudairies (FR) – 11/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Joseph Patrick O’Brien
- Al Dancer (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (12/12/20) – trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Janidil (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (26/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Coko Beach (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (28/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Fanion D’estruval (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
- Conflated (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
If you’re thinking about placing a few bets during this year’s Cheltenham Festival, trust our teams expertly crafted tips and spend less time researching and more time enjoying the occasion.
Obviously we can’t guarantee you a winning bet slip – that’s not how gambling works, What we can do is use our experience and knowledge to check all the variables and possible outcomes to calculate the most likely results on the day.
Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase is the first race after the featured race on St. Patrick’s Thursday. Many punters would have saved their first bet for the featured race, and now that the results are in, many will have profits sitting in their bet funds. The bookies know this and will look to tempt them to gamble this money instead of withdrawing it.
Bookies will do this by offering fantastic prices on Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase, enticing punters to take up the opportunity. As well as incredible odds, there will be enhanced odds and extra places paid promotions.
In 2017, a £10 bet on 14/1 outsider Road To Respect to win would have returned £140 in profits – imagine how much more that would have been with added promotions, too.
Here are the previous 4 winners of Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
10/3 race favourite Simply The Betts won Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase last year, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Harry Whittington.
17 of the 23 starting runners completed the race, with 20/1 Happy Diva finishing in second place, 22/1 Mister Whitaker finishing in third and 11/1 Old Grangewood in fourth.
Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase was won by 9/2 second-favourite Siruh Du Lac in 2019, ridden by jockey Lizzie Kelly and trained by Nick Williams.
3/1 race favourite Janika finished three-quarters of a length behind in second, followed by 6/1 Spirit Of The Games in third, and Eamon An Cnoic in fourth.
4/1 second-favourite Shattered Love won the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase in 2018, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.
7 lengths behind the winner was 3/1 race favourite Terrefort, followed by 10/1 Benatar in third and 15/2 Kemboy in fourth. Only 9 runners participated in this race.
Back in 2017, 14/1 outsider Road To Respect won The Stable Plate Handicap Chase, ridden by jockey Bryan Cooper and trained by Noel Meade. This was Bryan Cooper’s second consecutive victory in this race after winning with Empire Of Dirt in 2016.
Second place was occupied by 10/1 Baron Alco, followed by 10/1 Bouvreuil in third and 7/1 Thomas Crapper in fourth. Only 15 of the 24 starting runners successfully completed this race.