In terms of trying to lock in a profit from a race, it doesn’t come much tougher than the Byrne Group Plate. In some quarters the race is known as the impossible handicap.
The bookmakers have certainly won the battle in recent years with horses with prices such as 25/1 and 50/1 triumphing to the delight of the layers in the betting ring.
Punters did get slight revenge in 2012 though when Salut Flo triumphed for favourite backers but the bookies are still very much ahead in this one.
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This is a race where the form book has let punters down on many occasions before so trying a different tactic could be the way forward. Although statistically flawed in most punters quarters, following certain trainers in particular Festival races does sometimes bear fruit. In the Byrne Group Plate this is especially apparent.
Venetia Williams, who trained the winner of the Grand National in 2009 with Mon Mome, is certainly a trainer whose runners are worth are second glance. She has recorded two wins and five placed finishes from 12 runners in the Byrne Group Plate, which included
a 1-2 in 2009. She catches the eye in a major way.
Nicky Henderson’s contenders are also well worth a second look having won consecutive runnings in 2005 and 2006, and in addition to back to back wind for the Tsarevich in 1985/86, so in total he has bagged four festival plates in total.
If trainer stats don’t float your boat then maybe keeping an eye on whether any novices are entered in the race could be the road to profit. Any novices running in the Byrne Group Plate should certainly catch our attention in their bid to emulate previous winners such as Kadi, Majadou in 1999, Tikran and Great Endeavour in 2010.
This handicap does tend to attract novices because connections have a far better idea of what they are up against taking on exposed handicappers unlike the novices handicap chase on the opening day over a similar trip featuring fellow unexposed first season chasers.
The low weights tend to dominate in this race with only one of the top seven horses in the handicap finishing in the first eight places following immediately on from 12 months earlier when the 123 could be found in the bottom seven in the handicap in a 24 strong field.