HORSE RACING FIXTURES AND RESULTS
HORSE RACING FEATURE
Ryanair Chase: Sizing up a strong bet
With the entries for the 2017 Ryanair Chase now out, Adam Brookes takes an ante-post look at the race and picks out his best bet.
One word will stop most punters from having a weighty ante-post win bet on either the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase: Douvan. That’s fair enough, as he is an outstanding racehorse, but surely he’s heading for the former race, which makes the Ryanair an interesting race for a long-range wager.
Truth be told, the Ryanair is frequently a good punting event as you usually can filter out (or at least try to) a clutch of horses that may be prominent in the betting owing to their class but who are highly likely to take up an alternative engagement (whilst acknowledging it can sometimes backfire, like with Vautour last year).
Not only does this apply to Douvan, but also to Cue Card and Djakadam—the next two on the weight-adjusted ratings behind top-rated Douvan—whose trainers (Djakadam, of course, represents the same connections as Douvan) have already said both geldings are on course for the Gold Cup.