Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase

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Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase
Grade 3 race
LocationCheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race typeSteeplechase
SponsorBrown Advisory
Merriebelle Stable
WebsiteCheltenham
Race information
Distance2m 4f 127y (4,139 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFive-years-old and up
WeightHandicap
Purse£110,000 (2019)
1st: £61,897
Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup
2018
Dark blue, yellow diamond and sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Royal blue, pink hoop
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The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs (2 miles 4 furlongs and 127 yards, or 4,139 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

History[]

The race was established in memory of the 2nd Baron Mildmay of Flete (1909–1950), an amateur National Hunt jockey who rode three winners at the Cheltenham Festival. The inaugural race took place in April 1951, because the planned running, in March, had to be abandoned, due to a waterlogged course. It was originally titled the Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase.

The Racing Post sponsored the race from 2006 to 2008, and during this period it was titled the Racing Post Plate. The 2009 running was named the Freddie Williams Festival Plate, in tribute to Freddie Williams (1942–2008), a popular Scottish bookmaker who owned a pitch at Cheltenham. The construction company Byrne Group supported the event from 2010 to 2014 and from 2015 it has been sponsored by Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable.

Records[]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • The Tsarevich – 1985, 1986
  • Elfast – 1992, 1994

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Fred WinterSlender (1951, dead-heat), Sy Oui (1953), Caesar's Helm (1958)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Bobby Renton – Tudor Line (1954), Caesar's Helm (1958), Siracusa (1959), Merry Court (1968)
  • Nicky HendersonThe Tsarevich (1985, 1986), Liberthine (2005), Non So (2006)
  • Martin PipeTerao (1997), Majadou (1999), Dark Stranger (2000), Blowing Wind (2002)

Winners[]

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1951 Canford (DH) 9 12-02
1951 Slender (DH) 9 10–11 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1952 Portarlington 7 10-08
1953 Sy Oui 8 10-03 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1954 9 10–12 George Slack
1955 Mont Tremblant 9 12-07 Dave Dick Fulke Walwyn
1956 Pondapatarri 7 11-00 George Beeby
1957 Madras 7 10-02
1958 Caesar's Helm 7 11-06 Fred Winter
1959 Siracusa 6 10–12
1960 Devon Customer 8 10-04
1961 Malting Barley 6 10-04 Owen McNally Toby Balding
1962 7 10–06
1963 Milo 8 10-04 Josh Gifford Herbert Blagrave
1964 Take Plenty 8 10-01 Tim Forster
1965 6 10-03
1966 Tibidabo 6 10-04
1967 French March 7 09-09
1968 Merry Court 7 10-03 Josh Gifford
1969 7 11-02
1970 Verona Forest 7 11-00
1971 Hound Tor 7 10-02 Macer Gifford Guy Harwood
1972 Mocharabuice 9 10-07 Tim Forster
1973 Vulgan Town 7 10-00 Toby Balding
1974 10 10–10 Harry Thomson Jones
1975 Summerville 9 10–13
1976 7 11-01 Michael Dickinson
1977 8 12-05 John Francome
1978 King or Country 7 10-09 David Barons
1979 Brawny Scot 9 10-00
1980 8 10-04
1981 7 10-00 Michael Dickinson
1982 8 10-00
1983 Mr Peapock 7 09-07
1984 Half Free 8 11-06 Fred Winter
1985 9 11-07 Nicky Henderson
1986 10 11-05 Nicky Henderson
1987 8 09–10
1988 Smart Tar 7 10-02 Carl Llewellyn
1989 Paddyboro 11 10-07 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford
1990 New Halen 9 09-07
1991 12 11-00 Josh Gifford
1992 Elfast 9 11-00
1993 Sacre d'Or 8 11-00
1994 Elfast 11 11-04
1995 Kadi 6 10-04 Norman Williamson David Nicholson
1996 Old Bridge 8 09-07
1997 Terao 11 10-07 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
1998 Super Coin 10 10-00 Norman Williamson
1999 Majadou 5 11-00 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2000 Dark Stranger 9 10-03 Richard Johnson Martin Pipe
2001 no race 2001
2002 9 10–09 Ruby Walsh Martin Pipe
2003 Young Spartacus 10 10-09 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2004 Tikram 7 10-00 Timmy Murphy
2005 6 10-01 Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
2006 Non So 8 11-03 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2007 Idole First 8 10-07 Venetia Williams
2008 11 11-07 Sue Smith
2009 Something Wells 8 10-07 Venetia Williams
2010 Great Endeavour 6 10-01 David Pipe
2011 Holmwood Legend 10 10-09
2012 Salut Flo 7 10–10 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2013 Carrickboy 9 10-05 Liam Treadwell Venetia Williams
2014 8 10-09 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2015 Darna 9 10–11 Kim Bailey
2016 Empire of Dirt 9 10–11 Bryan Cooper Colm Murphy
2017 Road to Respect 6 10–13 Bryan Cooper Noel Meade
2018 7 11–04 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2019 Siruh Du Lac 6 10-08 Lizzie Kelly Nick Williams
  1. ^ amateur jockey
  2. The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis

See also[]

References[]

  1. "Horse race named after bookmaker". bbc.co.uk. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  2. "Byrne Group announced as sponsor" (PDF). cheltenham.co.uk. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  3. "Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable new Festival sponsors". Gloucestershire Echo. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015.