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Ryanair Chase 2020 Racecard

Inaugurated in 2005, the Ryanair Chase takes place on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. The Ryanair Chase (the registered title of which is the Festival Trophy) was one of several races added to the Festival when it grew from three days to four.

2:50

Thursday 12 March

Distance: 20f 127y Age: 5yo + Prize: £350000 Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. A PLUS TARD (FR)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-10
Has quickly made into high-class chaser (wide-margin winner of novice handicap at this meeting last year). Improved again when too strong for Chacun Pour Soi in Leopardstown Grade 1 in December.
44 stars

2
jockey silks 2. ASO (FR)
J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
10
11-10
Has been well below his best on last 2 starts but has a good record here, including placed twice in this race, and wouldn't be a surprise to see him bounce back to form. Blinkered first time.
33 stars

3
jockey silks 3. DUC DES GENIEVRES (FR)
J: Robbie Power
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-10
Looked top prospect when taking last year's Arkle but he has failed to win since. Showed more zip when second in Kempton Grade 2 over Christmas but held in third when falling at Leopardstown since.
22 stars

4
jockey silks 4. FRODON (FR)
J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
8
11-10
Most admirable chaser with excellent course record, including winning this last year. Not at best first 2 runs this season but looked back on better terms with himself when winning at Kempton latest.
33 stars

5
jockey silks 5. MIN (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-10
Top-class chaser who returned with gutsy win in John Durkan at Punchestown. Fine second to stablemate Chacun Pour Soi at Leopardstown latest. Looks sure to make bold bid for first Festival success.
55 stars

6
jockey silks 6. RIDERS ONTHE STORM (IRE)
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
7
11-10
Ex-Irish chaser who has made a highly impressive start for his new stable, making it 3-3 in Grade 1 Ascot Chase last month. Slightly fortunate on that occasion but still respected.
33 stars

7
jockey silks 7. SAINT CALVADOS (FR)
J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Harry Whittington
7
11-10
Won on his reappearance for the fourth successive year when landing 2m handicap here in October. Another really good effort when second in C&D handicap latest but this demands even more.
22 stars

8
jockey silks 8. SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
9
11-3
Smart chaser who won at the Festival in 2018. First success since when taking Clonmel listed chase in November. Creditable second at Gowran latest but likely to find a few too strong this afternoon.
22 stars

Analyst's Verdict

A Festival success has eluded MIN so far but he has some very good course form (second to Altior in 2018 Champion Chase) and can put that right here. A Plus Tard proved himself at the highest level when seeing off Chacun Pour Soi at Leopardstown over Christmas and rates a big threat with further progress on the cards. Last year's winner Frodon may prove best of the rest.

This race is run on the New Course at Cheltenham, over a distance of two miles and five furlongs. Over this distance horses also have seventeen fences to jump. The race is open to horses who are aged five years and older. The race was initially classed at Grade 2 level, but has held Grade 1 status since 2008.

he 2019 renewal was one of the most memorable in recent history, a strong field of 12 went to post and it was won by course specialist Frodon, who was partnered by Bryony Frost. Daughter of former jockey and trainer Jimmy Frost, Bryony’s victory meant she became the first female rider to win a Grade 1 chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

The leading jockey is Ruby Walsh who has won it a total of four times – Thisthatandtother (2005), Taranis (2007), Vautour (2016) and Un De Sceaux (2017)

The leading trainer in the race is Paul Nicholls, who has now won the race three times following Frodon’s success in 2019. His other two winners in the race came in the shape of Thisthatandtother (2005) and Taranis (2007).

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Ryanair Chase 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Ryanair Chase?

2 miles and 5 furlongs

How many obstacles are jumped in the Ryanair Chase?

17

What day of the festival is the Ryanair Chase?

Day 3

What time is the Ryanair Chase?

14:50

What weights are carried for the Ryanair Chase?

11 st 9 lb (5yo). 11 st 10 lb (6yo+). 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the Ryanair Chase?

£350,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Ryanair Chase?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the Ryanair Chase?

Paul Nicholls

Who won the Ryanair Chase?

You can check out our Ryanair Chase results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Ryanair Chase?

Click the link to visit our Ryanair Chase Odds Comparison page.

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