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 Sign-up Offer
New customers only. Up to £100 in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5 or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply. 18+ only.