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Brown Advisory Plate Preview - Cheltenham Festival

Published on: 14/03/2019

Brown Advisory Plate Preview - Cheltenham Festival

March 14, 2018 16:10pm - Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival

Distance: 2m 4f 166y

Grade: 3

Runners: 22

Winner: £61,897.00 2nd: £23,320.00 3rd: £11,671.00 4th: £5,830.00 5th: £2,926.00 6th: £1,463.00 7th: £726.00 8th: £374.00

Going: Soft (heavy in places)

There are so many contenders for this race that it is hard to narrow down the field. As a result, we could see another surprise winner at a big price this year.

Irish horses have won the last three races, but they failed to win any for more than thirty years before that, so that trend might not tell us much!

In a course and distance trial earlier in the year, the Nick Williams-trained Siruh Du Lac held off Nicky Henderson`s Janika by a head for the win. That was his third victory in a row and his fifth from seven over fences. With that kind of form, there is no surprise he has risen to the top of the betting alongside the aforementioned Janika who many fancy is progressing well enough to reverse that result here.

Henderson is also represented by River Wylde who fell at the last on his only appearance this season (Haydock). He was leading the race the time and race and looked the likely winner. A capable contender on his day, he could bounce back in style, but there is little to go on other than positive noise from his connections.

Also of interest is the Dan Skelton-trained Spiritofthegames who has impressed in his debut campaign over fences. Fifth in the County Hurdle last term he has progressed well since switching to the bigger obstacles. Finished third to Kildisart over this course and distance last time out and looks well matched to this field. Unexposed and at a price of 8/1, he is our pick of the bunch.

Brown Advisory Plate Winners - past five years:

2014: Ballynagour (8) - Tom Scudamore (David Pipe)

2015: Darna (9) - David Bass (Kim Baily)

2016: Empire of Dirt (9) - Bryan Cooper (Colm Murphy)

2017: Road to Respect (6) - Bryan Cooper (Noel Meade)

2018: The Storyteller (7) - Davy Russell (Gordon Elliott)

Latest Betting odds:

Janika 9/2

Siruh Du Lac 7/1

Spiritofthegames 8/1

Eamon An Cnoic 10/1

River Wylde 12/1

Azzerti 16/1

Kalondra 18/1

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You can back Spiritofthegames at 8/1.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 14/03/2019

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (14/03/2019 10:53:43) but are subject to change.