Paddy Power has expanded its connection to the Cheltenham Festival by taking on sponsorship of what will now be known as the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase on day three of The Festival on Thursday 18th March.

The bookmaker will now sponsor three races at this year’s Festival with the new race joining both the Grade One Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and the Grade Two Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase.

The race has enjoyed its fair share of headlines since it was first run in 1951 and the 2019 renewal created a piece of history when Lizzie Kelly became the first female jockey to win the 2m 4f handicap on the Nick Williams-trained Siruh Du Lac.

An impressive roll of honour includes the 2018 winner, The Storyteller, who has gone on to triumph at the top level for trainer Gordon Elliott and finished runner up in last weekend’s Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

Paddy Power takes over the sponsorship from Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable, who have supported the race since 2015 and from 2021 will switch its support to the 3m Grade One Novices’ Chase.

The new deal is the latest partnership between Cheltenham and Paddy Power, who also support the Paddy Power Gold Cup at The November Meeting.

“We’re honoured to be supporting this prestigious race which was first run 70 years ago and it now creates a phenomenal Paddy Power doubleheader on the Thursday, together with the Stayers’ Hurdle,” said Paddy Power.

“We felt the Paddy Power Plate was the perfect addition to our Festival portfolio, which already features a championship event and a G2 mares’ conditions contest.”

“We are delighted to further extend our association at The Festival with Paddy Power,” said Jockey Club regional Managing Director, Ian Renton.

“The Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase is a race with a rich history and a knack for producing not only excellent chasers but also a storyline or two.”

The Cheltenham Festival will take place from March 16th to 19th this year. It will take place before empty stands with stringent Covid protocols in place. It would usually represent a great opportunity to promote Ireland and Irish racing especially when it runs across St Patrick’s Day. And you know it will do so again.

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