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One of the highlights on the third day at Cheltenham, the Ryanair Chase is one of the newer races on the Festival schedule having been run for the first time in 2005. It was initially a Grade 2 contest but was bumped up to Grade 1 level for its fourth running.
Paddy Power’s Ruby Walsh clinched glory on four occasions in this race onboard Thisthatandtother, Taranis, Vautour and Un De Sceaux. 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup king Imperial Commander and Cue Card are other notable winners.
Min is set to defend his crown after pipping Saint Calvados to the post last year. The likes of Allaho and Imperial Aura plus Gold Cup hopefuls A Plus Tard and Kemboy also feature prominently in the early betting.
There were nearly 50 horses initially entered for the Ryanair Chase, although the field will have been whittled down by race day. Thanks to Paddy’s non-runner money back offer, there’s no risk of losing out if your pick doesn’t make the start line.
RYANAIR CHASE ODDS
RYANAIR CHASE ANTEPOST TIPS
Ruby Walsh: “My preference for this one is MIN. I can never get away from his performance at Aintree over two-and-a-half miles, that was spectacular to watch.
“For an each-way punt, I like the look of FANION D’ESTRUVAL.”
Frank Hickey: “The one I can’t get away from is SAINT CALVADOS. He was beaten by a neck by Min in last year’s renewal. He made a bit of a mess of the last fence and lost at least a length. If he jumped it cleanly he may actually have won.”
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WHEN IS THE RYANAIR CHASE?
RYANAIR CHASE WINNERS AT LAST FIVE FESTIVALS
2020 – Min (Horse), Paul Townend (Jockey), Willie Mullins (Trainer)
2019 – Frodon, Bryony Frost, Paul Nicholls
2018 – Balko des Flos, Davy Russell, Henry de Bromhead
2017 – Un de Sceaux, Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL‘S BIG RACES
March 16 – 13.20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 13.55 – Arkle Chase latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.40 – Mares’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 14.30 – Ryanair Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 13.20 – Triumph Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips
March 19 – 16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase latest odds and tips
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY THREE SCHEDULE
13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 168y
13.55 – Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y
14.30 – Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y
15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y
15.40 – Paddy Power Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y
16.15 – Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 179y
16.50 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup 3m 2f
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