This National Hunt Chase, a Grade 3 handicap race open to horses of five years and older. A distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs, its run on the New Course, with 17 fences to be tackled. The race was founded in the memory of an amateur National Hunt Jockey, the 2nd Baron Mildmay of Flete who was the champion rider of 3 winners at Cheltenham before his death by drowning in 1950.The initial race in his memory, took place in April 1951, as the scheduled race due to be held in March of that year, was abandoned as a result of the course being waterlogged.
The race sponsorship was taken over by Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable in 2015. The prize fund for this challenge Cup is £100,000 with the winner receiving £51,255. The Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup will take place on Thursday 15th March, at 16.10 GMT. Previous winners have been Road to Respect in 2017 ad Empire of Dirt in 2016.
This is a wide open race, due to the handicapping of the runners, meaning that almost anyone could be the winner. At this stage in the game, there are three possible entrants to look out for – Village Vic (14/1), Annacotty (16/1) and Champagne West (16/1), although it could be anyone’s race on the actual day at the Cheltenham Festival.