The Paddy Power Plate (formerly Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable) is a Grade 3 chase which is run over two miles five furlongs where the runners have seventeen fences to jump. Irish raider The Shunter was a comfortable winner of this competitive handicap last year, at odds of 9/4f. A race for big priced winners with a 66/1, 50/1 and three 25/1 winners in the last 14 years. Don't miss our Festival Plate race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
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The Paddy Power Plate is a hugely competitive handicap race at the Cheltenham Festival. It's a Grade 3 National Hunt chase run over two miles and five furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards. Grade Three status means the top horses are all allowed to enter, which usually gives us a great field for the race.
This year's edition seems sure to be another tightly knit competitive handicap, with many horses arriving looking well handicapped and a maximum field size certain for the excellent prize money on offer.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Paddy Power Festival Plate and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Paddy Power Plate 2022?
CELEBRE D’ALLEN has won all three starts since joining Philip Hobbs from French trainer Louisa Carberry in October and gone up a total of 21lbs. He made a seamless transition back to fences at Warwick last month, in which he looked to have a fair bit more left in the tank to score by a cosy three-quarters of a length. Yet to be tried in handicap company, she could prove well treated.
IMPERIAL ALCAZAR impressed when winning over course and distance in January winning by 10L from Beakstown. The 10-length demolition job confirmed that this fast-improving novice chaser operates superbly around the New Course at Prestbury Park.
THE GLANCING QUEEN has decent form this season having won two listed races. She was particularly impressive when chased home L’Homme Presse in The Dipper Novices’ Chase on New Year’s Day.
FUSIL RAFFLES produced a stunning 3m win over the fences at Wetherby earlier this season. He was a shade disappointing over 3m at Doncaster but could be better over this trip. He was also a runner-up in the Marsh Novices last year at the Festival and is a previous course winner.
GRAND PARADIS is an unexposed six-year-old that has yet to win over fences (0-4) but looks capable grab a top-3 finish.
Dan Skelton's SPIRITOFTHEGAMES is off his lowest mark ever. He loves this track and finished third to at Cheltenham last time. He should have a decent chance of making the first three.
STOLEN SILVER is another horse that can make the frame. He was third of 6 behind Killer Clown on his latest outing in a chase at Wincanton but won a 2m 1f race at Market Rasen and finished second of nine at Cheltenham over 2 miles earlier this term.
ADRIMEL, SIMPLY THE BETTS, FANCY FOUNDATIONS, CAVALRY MASTER and COOLE CODY can't be ruled out.
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Paddy Power Plate Trends
- 3 of the last 4 winnerse were favourites
- The last 4 winners were priced at 5/1 or shorter
- 4 of the last 5 winners were novices
- Just 1 of the last 34 winners carried more than 11st 4lb
- The last 10 winners were running off a career-high handicap rating - or no more than 3lbs lower
- 10 of the last 12 winners had a rating of 136 or higher
- 8 of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 and 8
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2022 Paddy Power Plate FAQs
What time is the Paddy Power Plate?
The Paddy Power Plate is the 5th race run on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Thursday March 17, 2022 and the official starting time is 4:10pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Paddy Power Plate?
There are 17 obstacles to jump for the Paddy Power Plate runners
What is the distance of the Paddy Power Plate?
The Paddy Power Plate is run on a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs
What is the prize money for the Paddy Power Plate?
The total prize money on offer for the Paddy Power Plate at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £110,000.
Who won the Paddy Power Plate last year?
Last year's renewal was won by The Shunter at SP of 9/4f, trained by Emmet Mullins and ridden by Jordan Gainford.
What weights are carried for the Paddy Power Plate?
As it is a traditional National Hunt handicap chase, weights range from 11 st 12 lb for the top weight, to 10 st for the bottom weight.
Who is the leading jockey in the Paddy Power Plate?
Bryan Cooper and Tom Scudamore have both won the race twice in the last decade. Richard Johnson’s two wins in the race came in 2000 and 2003.
Who is the leading trainer in the Paddy Power Plate?
Trainer David Pipe is the trainer to follow in this handicap chase with three winners and four placed horses from 21 runners in the past 12 years. Nicky Henderson has won this race four times while David Pipe has won it three times since 2010.