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Ryanair Chase 2021 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.

2:30 Thu 18 Mar RYANAIR CHASE

Distance: 20f 127y Age: 5yo + Prize: £265,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

A very open-looking Grade 1 by this week's standards. ALLAHO responded really well to forcing tactics back over this trip when a dominant winner of a Grade 2 at Thurles and is just about the pick. Fellow second-season chasers Imperial Aura and Mister Fisher warrant consideration, but last year's winner Min is the obvious danger if back on song.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
jockey silks 1. ALLAHO (FR)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-10
* * * * *
* * * * *
Right back on track dropped in trip and high-class effort when readily landing the odds in Grade 2 at Thurles. Placed at last two Festivals and unexposed over 2m4f so he's a major player. Tongue tied.
2
jockey silks 2. CHRIS'S DREAM (IRE)
J: Robbie Power
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
9
11-10
* *
* *
High-class chaser. Failed narrowly in Champion Chase at Down Royal on return but ran poorly in John Durkan in December and not seen out since. Has won off a break before but this is asking a lot.
3
jockey silks 3. DASHEL DRASHER
J: Matt Griffiths
T: Jeremy Scott
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
Likeable front runner who has taken his form to another level this term, completing Ascot hat-trick with 2l win from Master Tommytucker in Betfair Chase. Another sizeable leap forward required though.
4
jockey silks 4. FAKIR D'OUDAIRIES (FR)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-10
* * *
* * *
High-class chaser. Best effort this season when very good 8l second of 6 to Chacun Pour Soi in Dublin Chase at Leopardstown last month. Has good record here so he shouldn't be underestimated.
5
jockey silks 5. FANION D'ESTRUVAL (FR)
J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
6
11-10
* *
* *
Smart chaser but without a win this term and below-par fourth of 6 to Sceau Royal in Game Spirit Chase at Newbury last month. Has plenty to find on form.
6
jockey silks 6. IMPERIAL AURA (IRE)
J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
8
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Festival winner last March who continued his progress with ready win in Ascot Grade 2 in November. Usually fine jumper but unseated rider second at Kempton only run since. Goes well fresh. Claims.
7
jockey silks 7. KALASHNIKOV (IRE)
J: Jack Quinlan
T: Amy Murphy
8
11-10
* *
* *
Without a win since landing Grade 1 event at Aintree in 2018/19 but has run some good races in defeat since, third in the Denman Chase at Newbury last time. Has it to do in re-fitted headgear.
8
jockey silks 8. MELON
J: B. J. Cooper
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-10
* * *
* * *
High-class hurdler/chaser. Excellent third in Savills Chase over Christmas at Leopardstown but last of five in Irish Gold Cup there since. Has fine record here though and fancied to be back on song.
9
jockey silks 9. MIN (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
10
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Top-class chaser who gained deserved win in this race 12 months ago. Scored on return in John Durkan but rare poor run in Dublin Chase last month. Sort to bounce back as he bids to defend his crown.
10
jockey silks 10. MISTER FISHER (IRE)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Smart novice last term who got right back on track with gutsy victory in Peterborough Chase here (2m4f) in December by 1¾l from Kalashnikov. Still on the up so can make presence felt.
11
jockey silks 11. REAL STEEL (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
Dual Grade 2 winner prior to excellent sixth in the Gold Cup for Willie Mullins. Encouraging return for new yard when third in Ascot Grade 2 but (tongue tied) pulled up in King George only run since.
12
jockey silks 12. SAINT CALVADOS (FR)
J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Harry Whittington
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
Raced exclusively here last term, pushing Min close in this race. Didn't seem to stay 3m despite running well in the King George and unseated 6 out in Costwold Chase. Headgear on now back in trip.
13
jockey silks 13. SAMCRO (IRE)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
9
11-10
* * *
* * *
High-class chaser who landed Golden Miller a year ago. Shaped quite well on return when third in Down Royal Grade 2 but poor effort in Savills Chase only run since. Needs to bounce back.
14
jockey silks 14. TORNADO FLYER (IRE)
J: D. E. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
* *
* *
High-class chaser. Posted excellent second in John Durkan Chase but hasn't built on it since, never-dangerous fourth in Dublin Chase at Leopardstown last time. Others preferred.

Betting Forecast : 5/1 5 ALLAHO, 6/1 6 MIN, 13/2 6.5 IMPERIAL AURA, 7/1 7 MELON, 10/1 10 MISTER FISHER, 10/1 10 FAKIR D'oudairies, 12/1 12 SAINT CALVADOS, 16/1 16 SAMCRO, 22/1 22 DASHEL DRASHER, 28/1 28 REAL STEEL, 33/1 33 KALASHNIKOV, 40/1 40 CHRIS's DREAM, 50/1 50 TORNADO FLYER, 50/1 50 FANION D'estruval

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 2022 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?

£325,000 (2019)

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?

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