Paddy Power Plate Odds 2022

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Jordan Gainford riding The Shunter (right) clear the last to win The Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Paddy Power Plate is a Grade 3 Handicap Chase over an extended two and a half miles on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. The race was originally run as the Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase in 1951. There have been two dual winners of the race; The Tsarevitch (1985, 1986) and Elfast (1992, 1994). The Tsarevitch was trained by Nicky Henderson who drew level with Martin Pipe as the most successful trainer in the history of the race when winning it for the fourth time with Non So in 2006.

Surprisingly, for a race so competitive, three favourites have won the Plate in the past four seasons. The Storyteller (2018), Simply The Betts (2020) and The Shunter (2021) were all well-backed in the Paddy Power Plate betting odds. Prior to that, the race had featured several shock results including 50-1 Carrickboy in 2013 and 33-1 Darna in 2015.

Paddy Power Plate Odds and Entries 2022

Celebre D’Allen has emerged as clear favourite in the Paddy Power Plate odds 2022 after a hat-trick of wins for Philip Hobbs. His latest success came at Warwick where he defied an 11lbs weights rise to beat Wishing And Hoping by three-quarters of a length. He has gone up a further 6lbs but is still not guaranteed a run (number 35 with a maximum 24 runners).

Making the cut will be an issue for several fancied runners including The Glancing Queen (32), West Cork Wildway (36), Vienna Court (37) and Adrimel (40). Joseph O’Brien has two qualified runners in A Wave Of The Sea and Embittered with stable companion Busselton (26) currently just outside the cut-off point.

Four horses share top weight of 11st 12lbs; Andy Dufresne, Hardline and two previous winners The Shunter and Simply The Betts. As last year, The Shunter has been given multiple Cheltenham entries by Emmet Mullins and is prominent in the Paddy Power Plate odds for a repeat success. He uncharacteristically unseated his rider at Leopardstown last month in the race won by Birchdale. The winner was rated 133 for that success but is 15lbs higher at Cheltenham.

Impressive course and distance winner Imperial Alcazar has been raised 8lbs and this is one of four festival entries for Fergal O’Brien’s gelding. Others to catch the eye in a wide open race include Espoir De Guye for Venetia Williams and Gordon Elliott’s Grand Paradis.

Paddy Power Plate odds *

*Best prices at the time of writing

Celebre D’Allen 6-1

Imperial Alcazar 8-1

The Glancing Queen 9-1

Birchdale 10-1

Busselton 12-1

The Shunter 12-1

Fusil Raffles 14-1

Grand Paradis 14-1

A Wave Of The Sea 16-1

Vienna Court 16-1

Simply The Betts 18-1

Beakstown 20-1

Ben Dundee 20-1

Espoir De Guye 20-1

Palmers Hill 20-1

West Cork Wildway 20-1

Adrimel 25-1

Andy Dufresne 25-1

Coole Cody 25-1

Embittered 25-1

Fancy Foundations 25-1

Fontaine Collonges 25-1

Foxy Jacks 25-1

Galahad Quest 25-1

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Celebre D’Allen joined Philip Hobbs in October last year and had not raced for 783 days prior to winning a Haydock handicap in December. He handled the heavy ground well to win off a rating of 120 and then shrugged off a 6lbs penalty at the same course a month later. Although he won by less than a length at Warwick, he was value for more and this is his only Cheltenham Festival entry.

Birchdale landed some big bets at Leopardstown for the Enda Bolger stable but it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the handicapper. He ran on strongly to beat Foxy Jacks by a length and a quarter but now finds himself almost a stone worse off with that rival. Foxy Jacks is trained by veteran Mouse Morris and has only two wins from 15 starts over fences.

Fusil Raffles was a fortunate winner at Wetherby in October when runaway leader Shan Blue crashed out at the third last. Nicky Henderson’s gelding finished a creditable fourth to Coole Cody in December but was slightly disappointing at Doncaster in January. The grey Grand Paradis has some good form in the book for Gordon Elliott, notably when beaten half a length by Floueur at Fairyhouse in January. He then chased home Blue Sari at Gowran Park.

Espoir De Guye was off the course for a year before beating Alnadam by seven lengths at Warwick. He seemed to run in snatches that day but has only gone up 4lbs as a result. Vienna Court has attracted some support in the Paddy Power Plate odds and won well here on New Year’s Day. The mare was beaten by Pink Legend at Huntingdon off an 8lbs higher mark next time.