SIX places each-way, folks, and 60-odd grand to the winner – but who will it be??

Plate Handicap Chase 2023 Tips

  • Haut En Couleurs to win – 15/2
  • Mars Harper each-way – 22/1
  • Marvel De Cerisy each-way – 22/1

A fiendishly tricky puzzle. Just over two-and-a-half-miles, 17 fences, hopefully a maximum field of 24, and UK v Ireland volume umpteen. If you can nail this it’s lap of honour and an extra biscuit time ..

Irish apprentice sensation Michael O’Sullivan takes the mount on Willie Mullins’ Haut En Couleurs. Owned by Mrs Donnelly, who has some crackers like Shishkin and State Man, this classy 6-yr-old drops into handicap company for the first time.

Has the almost inevitable steadier of 12st to overcome, but Michael takes off a valuable 3. Fascinating entrant, and a very decent second in a Gowran Park Grade 2 last month.

Il Ridoto took a Grade 3 here in January and trousered 50-odd grand into the bargain. An 8lbs rise makes life a little trickier in such a hot contest, but he’s earned it..

Mars Harper represents Gordon Elliott and ran really well in a Leopardstown handicap earlier this month. At around 22/1 that’s each-way territory for me, and Jordan Gainford up top is a rising talent. Gorgeous racing weight of 10st 9lbs.

Henry De Bromhead (Honeysuckle on Tuesday – wasn’t that absolutely fantastic?) runs two – one of which interests me greatly. Marvel De Cerisy evidently didn’t much care for right-handed Fairyhouse last time, but the novice had shown definite promise earlier.

It’s huge ask, but the shrewd handler and outstanding jockey Rachael Blackmore could be worth a little e/w interest to see if this is indeed an inspired plan.

Get those each-way tickles sorted and enjoy what’s sure to be a fantastic renewal.

Selections – Haut En Couleurs to win, Mars Harper each-way, Marvel De Cerisy each-way.

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