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4.00 Byrne Group Plate

The Byrne Group Plate has been a happy hunting ground for the Pipe family, with Martin winning it four times before passing on the baton and son David twice training the victor in the last four years.

Originally called the Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase, Pond House stables legend Martin struck with Terao (1997), Majadou (1999), Dark Stranger (2000) and Blowing Wind (2002), while David has managed to uphold family honour with Grand Endeavour (2010) and Salut Flo (2012).

Carrickboy was successful last season for Venetia Williams and Liam Treadwell and may look to become only the third horse to land this prize twice, with The Tsarevich having achieved that feat in the 1980s and Elfast the following decade.

Run over 2m 5f, with 17 fences to be cleared, it has also been won four times by Nicky Henderson, who may rely on Paddy Power Gold Cup runner-up Colour Squadron this time, while Double Ross looks a fast-improving young chaser for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Cheltenham Festival Thursday - 13th March 2014

1.30 JLT Novices’ Chase

2.05 Pertemps Final

2.40 Ryanair Chase

3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle

4.00 Byrne Group Plate

4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup 

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