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 £120,000 prize money.
The Festival Plate is always a hotly contested race, with some big-priced winners in recent years, including Carrickboy at 50/1 in 2013, Darna at 33/1 in 2015, and Coole Cody at 22/1 in 2022.
Read on for Festival Plate betting odds, tips, and free bets for the 2024 race.
|Thursday, March 14th - 4:10pm
|Two-miles & four-furlongs
|Grade 3 Chase
|Where to Watch?
|ITV Racing, Racing TV, Bookmaker Streams
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Festival Plate Tips
If you like competitive Cheltenham Festival handicaps, 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 previous course form, current form, ground and trip all to consider before punters can even begin to try and work this out.
Festival Plate Betting Odds
We’ll have the latest Festival Plate odds and betting chat closer to the race - check back later.
For now, check out our Cheltenham Betting Offers page for all the latest ones!
What Happened Last Year?
Seddon won the 2023 Festival Plate under jockey Ben Harvey for Irish trainer John McConnell.
Sent off at odds of 20/1, Seddon was prominent throughout the race and put in an excellent round of jumping, eventually running out a two-length winner, sparking scenes of celebrations for the winning owners, the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate.
Festival Plate Key Stats
- Just five of the last 13 winners of this race have been from Ireland
- 11 of the last 12 winners had at least one win over hurdles
- 10 of the last 12 winners had at least three runs that season
Previous Winners of the Festival Plate
Check out the last five winners of the Festival Plate in the table below.
|Simply The Betts
|Siruh De Lac
When is the Festival Plate?
The Festival Plate is the fifth race on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival - this year, on Thursday, March 14th.
What distance is the Festival Plate run over?
The Festival Plate is run over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs, with 17 fences jumped.
Who is the most successful trainer in the Festival Plate?
The most successful trainer of current times is Nicky Henderson, who has trained the winner of the Festival Plate on four occasions.
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