Ryanair Chase

Date Time Class Distance
Thur 15th March 2018 14:50 Class 1 2 miles 5 furlongs

Ryanair Chase tip

Un De Sceaux

With Ruby Walsh out of commission, Douvan's prospects have taken a dent in this race. That leaves in-form Un De Sceaux as the stand out candidate for a Ryanair Chase win.

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Results

Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Balko Des Flos D N Russell H de Bromhead 7 74
2nd 4.5 Un De Sceaux P Townend W P Mullins 10 74
3rd 8 Cloudy Dream B S Hughes Ruth Jefferson 8 74
4th 15 Sub Lieutenant S W Flanagan H de Bromhead 9 74
5th 9 Frodon Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 6 T
PU Cue Card P J Brennan C L Tizzard 12 74
- - Douvan Unknown Unknown    

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About the Ryanair Chase

The Festival Trophy, more commonly referred to by its sponsors tag, is the premier 2 mile 5 furlong steeplechase run in the United Kingdom. The race is run on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival of the New Course and features 17 fences.

The Ryanair Chase is one of the more recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival. Despite this it quickly attracted top class fields. A number of winners have gone on to achieve other major race titles, including Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander, and classy 2 mile specialist, Un De Sceaux.

Betting on the Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase tends to produce very strong favourites, and it’s not unusual for the antepost favourite to start the race trading on or under Evens. If you pick apart the form data on the card you’re likely to reach the same conclusion as the market, which leaves you with taking the short price or looking for value on horse that could place.

Overall it’s not a bad idea to try find value in the places, as a lot can happen to a favourite over 17 fences. But don’t be tempted to look at rank outsiders. Keep an eye out for horses with previous Grade 1 wins, as well as wins over the same course and/or distance. If the market does push the favourite below Evens, betting on the banker will pay dividends more often than not.

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