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Plate Handicap Chase betting tips: Two against the field for Thursday's handicap chase at Cheltenham

Brian Healy gives his two runners against the field in Thursday's competitive handicap chase feature on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Grade Three Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase is the fifth race of the afternoon on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, and this hugely competitive handicap takes place over the same trip as the preceding Ryanair Chase.

Getting underway at 4.10pm, this handicap prize boasts a winners’ purse in excess of £60,000 and a maximum field of 24 will face the starters’ tape for race five of the day.

This race is also known by the moniker Mildmay Of Flete Challenge Cup, and past winners include The Storyteller, Road To Respect, Empire Of Dirt and Ballynagour amongst others.

Brian Healy has taken a look through the potential runners in what will be another big field contest, and he picks out two against the field for the competitive handicap race.

EAMON AN CNOIC (25/1, William Hill) showed good form over fences as a novice, winning twice in small-field contests and David Pipe’s charge wasn’t disgraced behind Coo Star Sivola in the Ultima Handicap twelve months ago when finishing ninth behind Coo Star Sivola.

Subsequent runs were underwhelming, but having had a wind surgery in the wake of finishing sixth to Siruh Du Lac at Exeter back in December, the Westerner gelding produced a career-best effort to run out a ready winner at Chepstow last month where he had Capeland almost four lengths adrift.

That was over two miles, and he appeared to win a shade cosily that day; but the step back up in trip will hold no fears, and a 7lbs rise in the weights looks workable. If he can reproduce the same level of form here then he ought to go close again.

AZZERTI (33/1, William Hill) has some good form to his name over hurdles, and Alan King’s charge is steadily finding his feet over fences.

Possibly in need of his return over hurdles at Chepstow when finishing down the field in the Silver Trophy, the Voix Du Nord gelding wasn’t beaten far subsequently behind Wenyerreaddyfreddie at Ascot.

He has gone on though to win two of his next three starts, scoring at Ascot and Ludlow either side of a fall here behind Kildisart where he was still holding every chance, and still with the potential for better over the larger obstacles he can remain competitive; he can post a big run.

2019 BROWN ADVISORY PLATE TIPS - TWO AGAINST THE FIELD


EAMON AN CNOIC (25/1, William Hill), AZZERTI (33/1, William Hill)


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Plate Handicap Chase betting tips: Two against the field for Thursday's handicap chase at Cheltenham

Brian Healy gives his two runners against the field in Thursday's competitive handicap chase feature on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

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