Simply The Betts wins the Stable Plate at Cheltenham Festival ahead of Happy Diva and Mister Whitaker
Simply The Betts proved that it’s simply the best on Thursday with victory in the Stable Plate at Cheltenham Festival.
The horse emerged triumphant at the 4.10pm race ahead of Happy Diva and Mister Whitaker in second and third respectively.
The win for Simply The Betts gave Harry Whittington a first Cheltenham Festival winner.
Simply The Betts, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan, has won the Stable Plate at Cheltenham
After going close this week with Rouge Vif (third) in the Arkle and Saint Calvados (second) in the Ryanair, also for owners Kate and Andrew Brooks, Whittington finally graced the winner’s enclosure with Gavin Sheehan in the plate.
Simply The Betts (100-30 favourite) stayed out of trouble in front, together with last year’s winner Siruh Du Lac.
In a dramatic race, Royal Village and La Bague Au Roi fell out in the country, while Siruh Du Lac came down two out, bringing down Imperial Presence and hampering several others.
Simply The Betts surrendered the lead to Happy Diva at the last, but fought his way back to the lead to score by a length and a quarter. Mister Whitaker was a length and three-quarters away in third, with Oldgrangewood fourth.
Simply The Betts surrendered the lead to Happy Diva at the last, but fought back to win