Byrne Group Hcap Chase


A handicap chase over 2m 41/2 furlongs. Formerly known as the Festival Plate.

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Byrne Group Plate Trends

10/10had won at Class Three or higher
9/10had an official rating of 128-139
8/10had between three and fifteen runs over fences
8/10had run within the last forty days
8/10recorded a top five finish in their most recent race
8/10carried 10st 10lb or less
8/10aged between six and nine
7/10had run at a previous Cheltenham Festival


Byrne Group Plate Analysis

This race seems to have thrown up some quite concise trends and if you add into the mix that the Irish raiders have only won this race once since 1951 we could have very few contenders left once applying the statistics.

Yet again we see stats that throw up the need for carrying a weight in a Festival handicap of under 11st at the Cheltenham Festival.

Don't be afraid to take a chance on a bigger price selection or even split your stakes and back two in this race as the favourite has a poor record here with Majadou the last obliging market-leader back in 1999!

Byrne Group Plate Last Ten Winners


Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age and weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
YearHorseAgeTrainerJockeyPrice
2013Carrickboy9-10-5Miss V WilliamsL Treadwell50/1
2012Salut Flo7-10-10D PipeT Scudamore9/2F
2011Holmwood Legend10-10-6P RodfordK Burke25/1
2010Great Endeavour6-10-1D PipeD Cook18/1
2009Something Wells8-10-7Miss V WilliamsMr W Biddick33/1
2008Mister McGoldrick11-11-7Mrs S SmithD Elsworth66/1
2007Idole First8-10-7Miss V WilliamsA OKeeffe12/1
2006Non So8-11-3N HendersonM FItzgerald14/1
2005Liberthine6-10-1N HendersonMr S Waley-Cohen25/1
2004Tikram7-10-0G L MooreT Murphy12/1



Byrne Group Plate Preview

Three training yards have dominated this race in the last ten years with David Pipe, Nicky Henderson and Venetia Williams having seven wins between them!

It makes sense to assume that a race where a trainer has had previous success at the Festival will be targeted again in the future so make note of any entries from these three powerful yards.

Look out for horses who have run well at the Festival (or who have experienced the phenomenon before) as they are usually equipped to run well there again.

With a 66/1, 50/1, 33/1 and two 25/1 winners in the last ten years in the Festival Plate it would seem that taking a speculative approach is the best policy to this race!

Salut Flo gave the Cheltenham Betting Guide one of our best ever returns in 2012 when we advised backing this well handicapped horse ante-post at 20/1!

Byrne Group Plate Tip

COLOUR SQUADRON has been threatening to win a big race at Cheltenham for some time and has been placed in the two big pre-Christmas handicaps at the track.

Since then he has had a breathing operation and that just might be the key to this obviously talented horse finally realising his potential.

This race appears to have a number of contenders who are unlikely to step up on what they have achieved previously and looks one of the least competitive Festival handicaps of the week.

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Byrne Group Plate Odds


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