Horse Racing

Festival Plate Handicap Chase 2022 Preview & Odds

Better known by its former title, the Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup, this two mile four-and a-half-furlong race is a valuable Handicap Chase with £110,000 in added prize money. It is always a hotly contested steeplechase with all but three of the past 12 winners going off at a double-digit price.

The Pond House stable of Martin/David Pipe has had an exceptional record in the contest, scoring seven victories between them from 1997 and 2014, whilst Venetia Williams has been up on the victor’s platform three times herself.

Race Details
When:Thursday 17th March, 3.40pm
Distance:Two-miles four-furlongs
Race TypeGrade 3 Chase
CourseNew Course
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams
Key Betting Stats:Four Irish-trained horses have lifted this prize in the last ten renewals.

Six of the last winners have returned at SP’s ranging from 12/1 to 50/1.


If you like competitive Cheltenham Festival handicaps then this is certainly one of the toughest for punters to solve across the entire four days of the meeting. A guaranteed big field makes this even tougher, with Irish runners coming across, previous course form, current form, ground and trip all to consider before punters can even begin to try and work this out.

As the Cheltenham Festival draws closer, we will update this page with our full betting preview, the latest odds for the race and any other key info that punters need before they place their bets.

Previous Winners of the Festival Plate

2021 – The Shunter

2020 – Simply The Betts

2019 – Siruh De Lac

2018 – The Storyteller

2017 – Road To Respect

* Brown Advisory Plate betting odds correct at the time of writing. All odds are subject to fluctuation