Ryanair Chase

Date Time Class Distance
Thur 17th March 2022 14:50 Class 1 2 miles 5 furlongs


Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Allaho P Townend W P Mullins
2nd 14 Janidil M P Walsh W P Mullins
3rd 0.75 Eldorado Allen Brendan Powell C L Tizzard
4th 13 Fanion D'estruval Charlie Deutsch Miss V Williams
5th 2.75 Melon Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins
6th 1.25 Shan Blue Harry Skelton D Skelton
- - Saint Calvados Unknown Unknown    
- - Mister Fisher Unknown Unknown    
- - Conflated D N Russell G Elliott    
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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.

Ryanair Chase Past Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2021 Allaho 7 Rachael Blackmore Willie Mullins
2020 Mine 9 Paul Townsend Willie Mullins
2019 Frodon 7 Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls
2018 Balko des Flos 7 Davy Russell Henry de Bromhead
2017 Un de Sceaux 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

More past winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2016 Vautour 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2015 Uxizandre 7 Tony McCoy Alan King
2014 Dynaste 8 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2013 Cue Card 7 Joe Tizzard Colin Tizzard
2012 Riverside Theatre 8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Albertas Run 10 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2010 Albertas Run 9 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2009 Imperial Commander 8 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2008 Our Vic 10 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2007 Taranis 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2006 Fondmort 10 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2005 Thisthatandtother 9 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls


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