Cheltenham Tips: Ruby Walsh reveals Allaho’s biggest threat with his Ryanair Chase pick

Ruby reckons Shan Blue will finish at least second in the Ryanair Chase.


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The From The Horse’s Mouth team took a close look at the Ryanair Chase and top pundit Ruby Walsh has picked out Shan Blue as his biggest threat to Allaho with just a month until the Festival.


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“Energumene, Chacun Pour Soi, Conflated and A Plus Tard will likely not run in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Allaho was devastating here last year. The speed he went, the accuracy of the jumping, the performance was outstanding. He’s eight years old and he looks to be the same horse he was last year.

“He went and won first time out this year, which he’d never done previously. He bolted in ahead of Fakir D’oudairies at Thurles in January and he also won at Punchestown in December. Allaho is rock solid but that’s pretty obvious.

“The best way to ride him is the way Rachel Blackmore did last year at Cheltenham. You need to let him dictate the pace. You don’t need to push or pull. If something wants to go faster than him that’s great because they won’t be able to keep that pace up.



“Therefore, you’re looking for Betting Without Allaho or an each-way punt. I’m starting to think Asterion Forlonge doesn’t stay and this could be the race for him. As I mutter those words I can see Willie Mullins shaking his head. He’ll want to prove that he does stay.

“Eldorado Allen is an interesting one. Will they supplement him or not? He travelled really well at Newbury last weekend. It was against slightly slower horses but he travelled and jumped really well.

“Mister Fisher and Fanion Destruval could have jumping problems but I am a fan of both of them. Fanion Destruval ran well at Ascot and he’s a solid 159/160 horse.

“The one that really stands out if he gets there is Shan Blue. He’ll be fresh and his best performance came last October when he was rested. Shan Blue can follow Allaho and easily finish second.”

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