Festival Plate Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)

Updated: 9850 Horse Racing

We look at the Festival Plate ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m4½f at Cheltenham during the Cheltenham Festival to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Festival Plate.

Festival Plate Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Festival Plate Preview

A handicap chase over 2m4½f on the new course at the Cheltenham racecourse, formerly known as the Mildmay of Flete for many years and is currently sponsored by TrustATrader, this is a race where the Martin/David Pipe yard had an exceptional record, scoring seven victories between 1997 and 2014.

It is also worth noting that Venetia Williams has had three wins since 2007 so there are two trainers to note in this race, both had placed runners in 2016 and David Pipe also had the runner-up in 2015.

Read on below for our preview of the race in greater detail with previous Festival Plate trends and stats to help you find the winner of the TrustATrader Plate. Before placing your bets on the festival plate, head to the Cheltenham Offers page to see which bookie you should place your bet with.

Festival Plate Information:

Our dedicated Cheltenham tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Festival Plate but will also have predictions for each meeting at Cheltenham throughout the season so be sure to head over there. We cover every race at the Cheltenham Festival and below you can find links to all of the races for each of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

How competitive is the Festival Plate market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2013 when the race had an over-round of 116%. The race in 2020 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 137%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Festival Plate, the over-round has been 130%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £130 which is bet.

Festival Plate Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Festival Plate next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +7.00. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Festival Plate remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2024 renewal when Shakem UpArry from Ben Pauling under the guidance of Ben Jones, won in a time of 5:29.11, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Ballynagour, trained by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore set the quickest time of 4:59.34 in the 2014 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Festival Plate over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Ballynagour (4:59.34) in 2014
  2. Non So (5:05.20) in 2006
  3. Holmwood Legend (5:08.17) in 2011
What the expert says...
Any equipment can be a big negative in the Festival Plate, the 2014, 2015 & 2024 winners both wear tongue-ties and the 2021 winner had the hood on as well as the tongue-tie but over the past twenty renewals, those are the only winners wearing any equipment from a total of 178 runners over the twenty renewals. To put that into perspective, 15 of the 23 runners in 2023 wore some sort of equipment and the winner was not one of those.

Andy Powell - Horse Racing Betting Expert - OLBG.com

Festival Plate Past Winners

Here are the Festival Plate past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Festival Plate as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo 11-5 8/1
Ben Jones
Ben Pauling (GB)
Seddon (IRE)
10yo 10-9 20/1
Ben Harvey (5lbs)
John C McConnell (IRE)
Coole Cody (IRE)
11yo 11-2 22/1
Adam Wedge
Evan Williams (GB)
The Shunter (IRE)
8yo 10-5 9/4F
Jordan Gainford (7lbs)
Emmet Mullins (IRE)
Simply The Betts (IRE)
7yo 11-4 100/30F
Gavin Sheehan
Harry Whittington (GB)
Siruh Du Lac (FR)
6yo 10-8 9/2
Lizzie Kelly (3lbs)
Nick Williams (GB)
The Storyteller (IRE)
7yo 11-4 5/1F
Davy Russell
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
Road To Respect (IRE)
6yo 10-13 14/1
B J Cooper
Noel Meade (IRE)
Empire Of Dirt (IRE)
9yo 10-11 16/1
B J Cooper
C A Murphy (IRE)
Darna (GB)
9yo 10-11 33/1
David Bass
Kim Bailey (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Festival Plate have been based:

  • GB: 15 winners with an additional 50 placings from 360 runners
  • IRE: 5 winners with an additional 7 placings from 73 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 2 placings from 8 runners

Festival Plate Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the Festival Plate over the last 20 renewals with both Venetia Williams and David Pipe who have both won the race three times. Venetia Williams winners have been with Idole First (2007), Something Wells (2009) and Carrickboy (2013). David Pipe winners have been with Great Endeavour (2010), Salut Flo (2012) and Ballynagour (2014). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Festival Plate is Nicky Henderson (2 wins). Multiple trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Festival Plate, Paul Nicholls (0-27), Jonjo O'Neill (0-17), Philip Hobbs (0-17), Nigel Twiston-Davies (0-17), Alan King (0-14) and W P Mullins (0-12) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple runners to the race.

Here are some of the top Festival Plate trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Venetia Williams28-3-7+70.00+49.57
David Pipe27-3-7+10.50+5.38
Nicky Henderson28-2-6+13.00+10.38
Gordon Elliott15-1-3-9.00+6.32
Evan Williams7-1-4+16.00+14.69
Sue Smith5-1-2+62.00+41.88
Kim Bailey5-1-1+29.00+16.63
John C McConnell3-1-1+18.00+10.50
Ben Pauling3-1-2+6.00+5.50
C A Murphy2-1-2+15.00+13.63

Festival Plate Jockey Statistics

Two jockeys have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Festival Plate, Sam Twiston-Davies has ridden a total of 12 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Paddy Brennan has ridden 10 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Festival Plate jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Adam Wedge6-1-2+17.00+11.00
David Bass4-1-1+30.00+17.63
Gavin Sheehan4-1-1+0.33-0.92
Jordan Gainford3-1-1+0.25-0.59
Ben Harvey2-1-1+19.00+11.50
Mr William Biddick1-1-1+33.00+20.63
Danny Cook1-1-1+18.00+11.25
Ben Jones1-1-1+8.00+5.00
Sam Twiston-Davies12-0-2-12.00-8.50
Paddy Brennan10-0-2-10.00-5.06

Festival Plate Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +120.00 is when runners had 1 win in the past 180 days. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 2 wins in the past year, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-86.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Festival Plate is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 7 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 429 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 12 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Festival Plate:

  • Flemensfirth (2 Wins)
  • Shantou (2 Wins)
  • Stowaway (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Festival Plate despite multiple attempts:

  • Presenting (0 Wins from 15 runners)
  • Kings Theatre (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Oscar (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Old Vic (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Anshan (0 Wins from 6 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Mister McGoldrick in 2008, winning for Sue Smith at odds of 66/1 under the guidance of Dominic Elsworth. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 4 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Festival Plate remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Schedule for Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival

Prepare for the ROAR of the Cheltenham Festival on the opening day when the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the feature on Tuesday is the Champion Hurdle.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo - 7/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Chianti Classico (IRE)
7yo - 6/1
Kim Bailey
David Bass
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
State Man (FR)
7yo - 2/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
5yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Lark In The Mornin (GER)
4yo - 9/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
J J Slevin
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Corbetts Cross (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival

The dust has settled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and now on to day two. The feature on the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We also have the cross country scheduled on Wednesday, a race like Marmite, some love it and some don't!

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo - 1/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
Fact To File (FR)
7yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Captain Guinness (IRE)
9yo - 17/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Unexpected Party (FR)
9yo - 12/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Jasmin De Vaux (FR)
5yo - 9/2
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Schedule for Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival

Halfway through the festival and onto day three where the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race. A hurdle race to test the stamina and see how can last best up the Cheltenham hill.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Grey Dawning (IRE)
7yo - 5/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Monmiral (FR)
7yo - 25/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Protektorat (FR)
9yo - 17/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Teahupoo (FR)
7yo - 5/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo - 8/1
Ben Pauling
Ben Jones
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Jeremy Scott
Lorcan Williams
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 13/8
Gavin Cromwell
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Friday at the Cheltenham Festival

The final day of the festival and feature race that we have all been waiting for, the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which the Irish have been fairly dominant in recent years.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Majborough (FR)
4yo - 6/1
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Absurde (FR)
6yo - 12/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Sam Ewing
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
8yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo - 8/1
Fiona Needham
Mr John Dawson
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Limerick Lace (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Gavin Cromwell
Keith Donoghue
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Better Days Ahead (IRE)
6yo - 5/1
Gordon Elliott
Danny Gilligan

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Festival Plate Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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