Horse Racing

Festival Plate Handicap Chase 2023 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.

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Race Details
When:Thursday 16th March, 4:10pm
Prize:£110,000
Distance:Two-miles four-furlongs
Race TypeGrade 3 Chase
Age:5-Years+
CourseNew Course
Weights:Handicap
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Festival Plate Handicap Chase Tips

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.

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Festival Plate Handicap Betting Odds (January Update)

This is a race that often comes to life just before the final declarations are made. Many tentative entries are made, but given the competitive nature of the handicap, plus the chance to run in other races over slightly longer or shorter distances, firm plans are not really made until the week before Cheltenham, and this will be when a real favourite emerges from the pack.

What Happened in 2022?

A brilliant front running performance from Coole Cody, who was in the leading pack throughout and when he needed to find more, certainly did, coming away from the field to take this competitive handicap by six and a half lengths.

Key Stats for the Festival Plate Handicap

  • Just four of the last 12 winners of this race have been from Ireland

Previous Winners of the Festival Plate

  • 2022 - Coole Cody
  • 2021 – The Shunter
  • 2020 – Simply The Betts
  • 2019 – Siruh De Lac
  • 2018 – The Storyteller