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The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate

Every March, Cheltenham Racecourse welcomes around 250,000 spectators to witness incredible, high-quality horse racing in the form of The Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Racecourse is a world-class horse racing venue and has been the permanent residence of The Festival since 1911, after improvements and renovations that brought the venue in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire up to the impeccable standards it is known to uphold and maintain.

Cheltenham Festival is a four-day meeting held annually on the Nationa Hunt horse racing calendar, made up of 28 thrilling races, including at least one featured race on each day – the last of which is The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Friday.

The 2021 edition of The Festival will share its Thursday with St. Patrick’s Day. Coinciding with this big date on the Irish calendar is a common occurrence, much to the delight of the many Irish visitors that would attend regardless.

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The fifth race of the day will be The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate.

About the Race

The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate is open to horses aged 5 years and above and is run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham.

It is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race spanning a total distance of 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 127 yards with a total of 17 fences for the horses to clear.

Inaugurated as The Mildmay of Fleet Handicap Chase in 1951, the first edition of the race was run in April after the planned running in March had been cancelled due to waterlogging.

The Mildmay of Fleet Handicap Chase is named in memory of 2nd Baron Anthony Bingham Mildmay of Fleet who rode three winners at Cheltenham during his career, before dying at the age of 41 as an indirect result of falling from the horse Davy Jones.

The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate will take place on St. Patrick’s Thursday, Thursday the 18th of March at The Cheltenham Festival 2021, beginning at 16:10.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Chantry House (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (12/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  2. Chatham Street Lad (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (16/01/21) – trained by Michael Winters
  3. Dickie Diver (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (29/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  4. Andy Dufresne (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (05/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  5. Fakir D’oudairies (FR) – 11/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Joseph Patrick O’Brien
  6. Al Dancer (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (12/12/20) – trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  7. Janidil (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (26/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  8. Coko Beach (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (28/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  9. Fanion Destruval (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
  10. Conflated (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott


If you’re thinking about placing a few bets during this year’s Cheltenham Festival, trust our teams expertly crafted tips and spend less time researching and more time enjoying the occasion.

Obviously we can’t guarantee you a winning bet slip – that’s not how gambling works, What we can do is use our experience and knowledge to check all the variables and possible outcomes to calculate the most likely results on the day.


The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate is the first race after the featured race on St. Patrick’s Thursday. Many punters would have saved their first bet for the featured race, and now that the results are in, many will have profits sitting in their bet funds. The bookies know this and will look to tempt them to gamble this money instead of withdrawing it.

Bookies will do this by offering fantastic prices on The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate, enticing punters to take up the opportunity. As well as incredible odds, there will be enhanced odds and extra places paid promotions.

In 2017, a £10 bet on 14/1 outsider Road To Respect to win would have returned £140 in profits – imagine how much more that would have been with added promotions, too.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:


10/3 race favourite Simply The Betts won The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate last year, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Harry Whittington.

17 of the 23 starting runners completed the race, with 20/1 Happy Diva finishing in second place, 22/1 Mister Whitaker finishing in third and 11/1 Oldgrangewood in fourth.


The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate was won by 9/2 second-favourite Siruh Du Lac in 2019, ridden by jockey Lizzie Kelly and trained by Nick Williams.

3/1 race favourite Janika finished three-quarters of a length behind in second, followed by 6/1 Spiritofthegames in third, and Eamon An Cnoic in fourth.


4/1 second-favourite Shattered Love won The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate in 2018, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.

7 lengths behind the winner was 3/1 race favourite Terrefort, followed by 10/1 Benatar in third and 15/2 Kemboy in fourth. Only 9 runners participated in this race.


Back in 2017, 14/1 outsider Road To Respect won The Stable Plate Handicap Chase, ridden by jockey Bryan Cooper and trained by Noel Meade. This was Bryan Cooper’s second consecutive victory in this race after winning with Empire Of Dirt in 2016.

Second place was occupied by 10/1 Baron Alco, followed by 10/1 Bouvreuil in third and 7/1 Thomas Crapper in fourth. Only 15 of the 24 starting runners successfully completed this race.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.