The Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Chase (formerly Byrne Group Plate) is a handicap run over two mile four furlongs for chasers who are five years old and older.
There is always a large field which goes to post and this tends to be a tough race for punters to work out as proved in 2009 when Something Wells caused the upset of the festival winning at the massive odds of 33/1 and again in 2008 with a 66/1 winner.
This is further emphasised by the fact that there has only been 1 winning favourite in the last 28 years.
Martin Pipe now retired and his operation is managed by his son David had a great run of success in this race between 1999 and 2001 winning it three times running as well as in 2010 with Great Endeavour and Nicky Henderson won it twice in a row in recent years in 2005 and 2006.
Festival Plate Chase Odds
When the list of runners for this race come out you will be able to find out odds comparison table for this race which shall highlight the best prices offered by each of the leading online bookmaker.
Statistics highlight that it is important that your selection has had a previous run at the festival with most of the winners of this race in the last couple of decades having had experience of a festival run. We shall feature a form guide for the race when there is more clarity who may go to post.
This is one race we would love to tip up the winner as should we be able to find it we may well be quids in for the rest of the festival as big priced winners rule in this contest and it has tended to be a bookies benefit. Make sure you see who we side with nearer race day.
Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Steeple Chase Results
Recent Festival Plate (Formerly Byrne Group Plate) Results:
2017 Road To Respect 6 N Meade 14/1
2016 Empire Of Dirt 9 C Murphy 16/1
2015 Darna 9 K Bailey 33/1
2014 Ballynagour 8 D Pipe 12/1
2013 Carrickboy 9 Miss V Williams 50/1
2012 Sault Flo 7 D Pipe 9/2F
2011 Holmwood Legend 10 K Burke 25/1
2010 Great Endeavour 6 D Pipe 18/1
2009 Something Wells 8 Veneita Williams 33-1
2008 Mister McGoldrick 11 Mrs S J Smith 66/1
2007 Idole First 8 Miss Venetia Williams 12/1
2006 Non So 8 N Henderson 14/1
2005 Liberthine 6 N Henderson 25/1
2004 Tikram 7 G Moore 12/1
2003 Young Spartacus 10 H Daly 16/1
2002 Blowing Wind 9 M Pipe 25/1