Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: FESTIVAL PLATE HANDICAP CHASE

  • 14/03/2019
  • 16:10

2020 Brown Advisory Plate Tips

Having tipped Siruh Du Lac to win at 7/1 last season, I’m going for two long-odds Cheltenham Festival tips in the 2020 Plate. There are some very classy horses sitting at the top of the weights, with Shattered Love’s name catching the eye on 20/1 with Unibet. MISTER WHITAKER is another who’s been tried at the highest level, and I’m praying Mick Channon chooses this race over a return to the Ultima.

All of Mister Whitaker’s last three victories have come over course-and-distance. Having won on Trials Day, Channon’s charge won the Northern Trust in 2018, and rounded off a poor campaign last season with another victory at Cheltenham’s April meeting. Mister Whitaker has only been out twice this term, finishing an eye-catching fifth here on New Year’s Day, before pulling up in the Cotswold Chase. As he clearly doesn’t produce his best over three miles, the Brown Advisory Plate looks ideal and Mister Whitaker has the class to carry 11-8 to victory.

The second of my Cheltenham Festival Day three tips in this handicap will be CLONDAW CASTLE. I had my reservations as to whether last year’s Arkle fourth could see out two-and-a-half miles, especially after a limp showing in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. Yet, any worries about the trip were dispelled at Warwick, as Tom George’s mount sauntered to victory over a decent-quality field.

I was delighted when Newbury’s Greatwood card was washed away last week, as Tom George had intended on running Clondaw Castle in that handicap. I think he’s still very well-handicapped running off 149, and I’m confident Clondaw Castle can contend in what looks a wide-open renewal of the Plate.

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Cheltenham tips for Thursday

TIME RACE
1:30 JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase Tips
2:10 Pertemps Final Tips
2:50 Ryanair Chase Tips
3:30 Stayers’ Hurdle Tips
4:10 Festival Plate Handicap Chase Tips
4:50 Mares’ Novices Hurdle Tips
5:30 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

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Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate TIPS

The Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Plate, often referred to as the Festival Plate, has been an integral part of the day three-card since the early 1950s and always attracts a classy list of entries. Bobby Renton saddled four winners of the Festival Plate during the ’50s and ‘60s, a feat which was matched by Martin Pipe and Nicky Henderson in a later season. 

The stature of the Brown Advisory Plate has grown significantly in recent times and any handicap chasers good enough to triumph at the Cheltenham Festival must be watched very closely over the coming years.

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