Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase Betting Tips

  • 14/03/2019
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The Shunter (blue) landed one of the gambles of last year's Festival in the Paddy Power Plate.

The Shunter (blue) landed one of the gambles of last year’s Festival in the Paddy Power Plate.

Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase (previously Paddy Power Plate) betting tips are the focus of this preview, as our top racing tipsters pull together the best recommendations.

This is action from Day 3 of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, and we study all the trends and current form for the fixture, including front-runners and underdogs.

Along with a look at what is coming up for the 2023 renewal, this guide also dips back into the fixture’s history to try and help narrow in on some selections.

The final list of runners for Paddy Power Plate betting won’t be known until closer to the day, so stay tuned for our top Cheltenham Festival tips.

Last year’s winner of the Paddy Power Plate was The Shunter, who delivered the odds as 9/4F, continuing a trend of recent favourites winning this race.


A taking win for L’Homme Presse on day 2 has given a nice timely form boost for The Glancing Queen, who looks a solid contender in the Plate Handicap Chase. Alan King’s mare has improved since racing over the larger obstacles this season and after impressive wins at Bangor and Warwick, the eight-year-old was unlucky to bump into Venetia Williams’ well-treated Grade 1 winner at Cheltenham. The Glancing Queen looks to have plenty in her favour on Thursday and is one of the stronger bet across the day 3 card.

Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

While the recent trend should send some focus towards the stronger runners who are going to be lining up in this year’s Paddy Power Plate, the underdogs can’t be dismissed entirely.

Some outsiders will enter and warrant some respect in Paddy Power Plate odds.

Our tipsters will size up some of those closer to the start of the Festival when the full range of racing tips will be uploaded here.

In the last 10 editions of the Paddy Power Plate, there have been some longer-priced winners coming home successfully.

Of those, Darna in 2015, who scored from a 33/1 SP, but going back a couple of years, an even bigger winner took the race. In 2014 Carrickboy landed the 2013 edition from a massive 50/1 SP.

Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase Runners – Thursday, 17th March 4.10 pm

1 Hardline T: Gordon Elliott

J: Rob James (7)

2 Simply The Betts T: Paul Nicholls

J: Harry Cobden

3 Pistol Whipped T: Nicky Henderson

J: Nico De Boinville

4 Imperial Alcazar T: Fergal O’Brien

J: Paddy Brennan

5 Fusil Raffles T: Nicky Henderson

J: Daryl Jacob

6 Wishing And Hoping T: Mel Rowley

J: Alex Edwards (3)

7 Cavalry Master T: Henry De Bromhead

J: Rachael Blackmore

8 Coole Cody T: Evan Williams

J: Adam Wedge

9 Schiehallion Munro T: Micky Hammond

J: Conor O’Farrell

10 Grand Paradis T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

11 Stolen Silver T: Sam Thomas

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

12 Presentandcounting T: Donald McCain

J: Brian Hughes

13 The Glancing Queen T: Alan King

J: Tom Cannon

14 Celebre D’Allen T: Philip Hobbs

J: Tom O’Brien

15 Adrimel T: Tom Lacey

J: Stan Sheppard

16 Born By The Sea T: Paul John Gilligan

J: Sean Flanagan

17 Fancy Foundations T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jack Kennedy

18 Spiritofthegames T: Dan Skelton

J: Harry Skelton

19 Slate House T: Colin Tizzard

J: Brendan Powell

20 Fire Away T: Laura Morgan

J: David Noonan

21 Chinwag T: Neil Mulholland

J: Tom Scudamore

22 Guy T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

J: Jordan Nailor (3)


Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Celebre D’Allen


J:Tom O’Brien
T:Philip Hobbs
The Glancing Queen


J:Tom Cannon
T:Alan King
Imperial Alcazar


J:Paddy Brennan
T:Fergal O’Brien
Grand Paradis


J:Davy Russell
T:Gordon Elliott
Fancy Foundations


J:Jack Kennedy
T:Gordon Elliott
Fusil Raffles


J:Daryl Jacob
T:Nicky Henderson
Simply The Betts


J:Harry Cobden
T:Paul Nicholls
Coole Cody


J:Adam Wedge
T:Evan Williams


J:Harry Skelton
T:Dan Skelton


J:Stan Sheppard
T:Tom Lacey
Cavalry Master


J:Rachael Blackmore
T:Henry De Bromhead

How to pick a Paddy Power Plate Winner

Our tipsters will be cutting through the field of contenders for the Paddy Power Plate ahead of the Festival. 

The recommendations will be based on what has been assessed from trends and form for the Grade 3 fixture.

One of the recent trends has seen three of the last four winners deliver the odds as the favourite, including last year’s triumphant runner The Shunter.

Last 10 Paddy Power Plate Winner Odds

  • 2021 The Shunter 9/4F
  • 2020 Simply The Betts 100/30F
  • 2019 Siruh Du Lac 9/2
  • 2018 The Storyteller 5/1F
  • 2017 Road To Respect 14/1
  • 2016 Empire Of Dirt 16/1
  • 2015 Darna 33/1
  • 2014 Ballynagour 12/1
  • 2013 Carrickboy 50/1
  • 2012 Salut Flo 9/2F

Another of the trends to consider in picking a Paddy Power Plate winner is that each of the last 20 had less than five previous runs at Cheltenham and had banked fewer than six starts in this Class.

In the last 20 renewals of the Paddy Power Plate, none of the victors had been bigger than 20/1 last time out, and each had placed fewer than three times before at Cheltenham.

There has been just one female horse (from 13 entries) in the last 20 editions, so the trend is towards the male runners.

The other notable trend for Paddy Power Plate betting is that 16 of the last 20 winners have been horses from Great Britain, with the other four being Irish runners.

All About The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase (previously Paddy Power Plate): Past and Present

The Paddy Power Plate was first run in 1951, and there is a significant change in sponsorship for the 2023 edition, with bookmaker Paddy Power now taking over.

This fixture is a Grade 3 Chase hosted on the New Course at Cheltenham and features seventeen fences. The Paddy Power Plate is a handicap fixture at a distance of 2m 4 1/2 f.

Only two horses have won the race twice, namely The Tsarevich (1985, 1986) and Elfast (1992, 1994). Jockey Fred Winter is the all-time leader with three successes in the 1950s. More recently, Bryan Cooper has won two of the last six.

As for the leading trainer, that’s a three-way tie between Bobby Renton, Nicky Henderson and Martin Pipe with three each. 

Interestingly neither Paul Nicholls, Philip Hobbs, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jonjo O’Neill, Alan King, Colin Tizzard or Willie Mullins have ever trained a winner in this despite having at least 10 previous entries.

How Do Horses Qualify for the Paddy Power Plate Race?

Entries for the Paddy Power Plate have to be at least five years old. The weights are handled by the handicap for the fixture. Both male and female horses can compete in the race.

What is the Paddy Power Plate Prize Money in 2023?

While we wait for the details of the 2023 purse, we can look back to last year. Winner The Shunter took £46,422.75, with the other payouts being 2nd £17,490, 3rd £8,753.25, 4th £4,372.50, 5th £2,194.50, 6th £1,097.25, 7th £544.50, 8th £280.50

Paddy Power Plate Past Winners

The Tsarevich and Elfast are the only two horses who have won this race more than once. Among some of the more notable recent winners, 2018 champion The Storyteller and 2020’s Simply The Betts are both rare 7-year-olds winners of the contest. In addition, Siruh Du Lac and Road To Respect have been recent 6-year-olds victors.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 The Shunter 9/4F Jordan Gainford Emmet Mullins
2020 Simply The Betts 100/30F Gavin Sheehan Harry Whittington
2019 Siruh Du Lac 9/2 Lizzie Kelly Nick Williams
2018 The Storyteller 5/1F Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2017 Road To Respect 14/1 Bryan Cooper Noel Meade
2016 Empire Of Dirt 16/1 Bryan Cooper Colm Murphy
2015 Darna 33/1 David Bass Kim Bailey
2014 Ballynagour 12/1 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2013 Carrickboy 50/1 Liam Treadwell Venetia Williams
2012 Salut Flo 9/2F Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2011 Holmwood Legend 25/1 Kieran Burke Patrick Rodford
2010 Great Endeavour 18/1 Danny Cook David Pipe

Other Races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival

Day 3 is St Patricks’ Day, and the Paddy Power Plate is the fifth race of the day. So here are the rest of the races for Thursday at the Festival:

13:30 The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

14:50 The Ryanair Steeplechase (Grade 1)

15:30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:10 The Paddy Power Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

16:50 The Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) (0-145)