Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase 2024 Tips – Preview, Odds, Trends and Betting Tip

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The Craft Irish Whiskey Plate is a Grade 3 handicap chase over 2 and a half miles, with runners having to negotiate seventeen fences.

While the very competitive nature of this race, as well as the added risk of each horse not running, is reflected in the current odds, picking out a winner can be a rewarding venture, especially given the juicy ante-post prices.

With many potential runners holding entries for other races at the festival, the recommendation would be to play with a bookmaker offering non-runner no bet if possible, although this will be taken into consideration in the price.

While the past form of trainers may not be worth much in these types of races, it is worth noting that since 2010 David Pipe has won this contest on three occasions, with the Irish horses also enjoying some success in recent years.


Cheltenham Festival Plate Handicap Chase Betting Tip

Emmet Mullins is one of the shrewdest operators on the circuit and he trains the current favourite So Scottish, who has threatened to land one of these major festival handicaps for a while now. He’s of interest once again but I favour the chances of another potential JP McManus runner.

2020 County Hurdle winner Saint Roi has an excellent record at the festival, backing up that success with a fine third in the 2022 Champion Hurdle and 2023 Arkle. On both occasions two miles on the Old Course appeared to see him a little outpaced, all be it by proper Grade 1 horses, and he duly stayed on strongly up the hill.

His sole start over the intermediate trip came at Aintree last year where he went down just over a length to the now 161-rated Banbridge. Officially Rated 151, Saint Roi looks nicely handicapped on that piece form and he’s dangerously unexposed over two and a half miles. Saint Roi was tailed off against the likes of Dinoblue and Captain Guinness on his first two starts this season before Mullins dropped him into handicap company off top weight last time out. Held up throughout, he made some late headway despite being hampered and showed enough to suggest the engine is still there. I believe his campaign to date over the minimum trip may be by design before he steps up in trip at one of the big spring festivals.

I think there is an awful lot to like about his 33/1 price tag and I would be in favour of him coming here over the Grand Annual, for which is around the 10/1 mark. Obviously, the English handicapper is yet to have his say but I’d be amazed if he went up more than a couple of pounds, and it may well be that JP and Willy opt for a claimer.

Selection: Saint Roi at 33/1 with Unibet.

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Cheltenham Plate Trends

Age – 8 of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 and 8.

Price – 3 of the last 12 favourites have won, 4/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.

Weight – 10/12 winners weighed below 11st.

Last Run – 4/12 winners won on their last run before the Festival Plate, 8/12 winners had their last run within the last 47 days.

Previous Course Form – 9/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 2/12 winners had a previous win at Cheltenham.

Previous Distance Form – 11/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over 19-21 furlongs, 8/12 winners had at least 1 previous win over 19-21 furlongs.

Previous Hurdle Form – 10/12 winners had at least 5 runs over hurdles, 10/12 winners had at least 1 win over hurdles.

Previous Chase Form – 9/12 winners had at least 5 previous chase runs, 9/12 winners had at least 2 previous chase wins.

Rating – 10/12 winners had a rating of 136 or higher.

Season Form – 10/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 8/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.


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Cheltenham Day 1 Tips

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1.30pm - Supreme Novice HurdleSlade Steel (EW)9/2
2.10pm - ArkleGaelic Warrior7/2
2.50pm - Ultima HandicapChianti Classico (EW)15/2
Trelawne (EW)15/2
3.30pm - Champion HurdleIberico Lord W/O State Man AND Irish Point15/8
4.10pm - Mares' HurdleTelmesomethinggirl WITHOUT Lossiemouth AND Ashroe Diamond (EW)5/1
4.50pm - Boodles Fred WinterPalamon (EW)20/1
Ose Partir (EW)14/1
5.30pm - National Hunt ChaseSalvador Ziggy11/2


Cheltenham Day 2 Tips

1.30pm - Baring Bingham Novices' HurdlePredators Gold (ew)10/1 Bet
2.10pm - Brown Advisory Novice ChaseFact to File10/11
2.50pm - Coral CupGuard Your Dreams (ew)25/1
Brazil (ew)16/1
3.30pm - Queen Mother Champion ChaseEl Fabiolo double with Ballyburn (1.30pm)5/4
4.10pm - Cross Country ChaseCoko Beach4/1
4.50pm - Grand Annual ChaseLiberty Hunter (ew)13/2
5.30pm - Champion BumperC’est Ta Chance (ew)16/1
Cantico (ew)12/1


Cheltenham Day 3 Tips

1.30pm - Turners Novice ChaseGinnys Destiny4/1
2.10pm - Pertemps Network FinalCuthbertdibble9/1
2.50pm - Ryanair ChaseStage Star9/2
3.30pm - Stayers HurdleTeahupoo7/4
4.10pm - Plate Handicap ChaseTheatre Man (ew)9/2
4.50pm - Mares Novice HurdleBrighterdaysahead13/8
5.30pm - Kim Muir ChaseWhacker Clan12/1


Cheltenham Day 4 Tips

1.30pm - Triumph HurdleMajborough9/2
2.10pm - County HurdleKing of Kingsfield 5/1
So Scottish (ew)14/1
2.50pm - Albert Bartlett Novices' HurdleGidleigh Park7/1
3.30pm - Cheltenham Gold CupGalopin Des Champs11/10
4.10pm - Festival Challenge Cup Hunters ChaseIt's on the Line9/4
Premier Magic13/2
4.50pm - Paddy Power Mares ChaseRiviere D’Etel (each-way)20/1
5.30pm - Martin Pipe HurdleBetter Days Ahead10/1