Ryanair Chaseby Darren Brett
The Ryanair Chase made its debut at the Cheltenham festival in 2005 and is registered as The Festival Trophy.
Run over 2m5f this grade one chase is seen as an easier alternative to the Gold Cup but has attracted quality fields in its first eight runnings.
Ryanair Chase Trends
|8/8||had no more than four runs since October|
|8/8|| had an official rating of at least 152|
|7/8||had previous winning form at Cheltenham|
|7/8||came from the first three in the betting market|
|7/8||had winning form at 2m 5f or above|
|6/8||had a top three finish last time out|
|5/8||had placed in either the Paddy Power or the December Gold Cup|
|5/8||had run at least eleven times over fences|
The Paddy Power
and the December Gold Cup used to be the first port of call for trends followers for this race but the quality of the Ryanair field is improving every year and it might not be a coincidence that the last three runnings have not been covered by that stat.
Winning form at 2m 5f looks a definite requirement with only the first winner of the race, Thisthatandtother, not ticking that trend box. The top three home in last year's renewal all met that criteria.
As with many of the races at the Cheltenham Festival course winning form also looks to be advisable with only last year's winner Riverside Theatre not having previously scored at the course.
Ryanair Chase Last Nine Winners
Table below shows the last nine winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2013||Cue Card||7-11-10||C Tizzard||J Tizzard||7/2|
|2012||Riverside Theatre||8-11-10||N Henderson||B Geraghty||7/2F|
|2011||Albertas Run||10-11-10||JJ ONeill||AP McCoy||6/1|
|2010||Albertas Run||9-11-10||JJ ONeill||AP McCoy||14/1|
|2009||Imperial Commander||8-11-10||N Twiston-Davies||P Brennan||6/1|
|2008||Our Vic||10-11-10||D Pipe||T Murphy||4/1|
|2007||Taranis||6-11-0||P Nicholls||R Walsh||9/2|
|2006||Fondmort||10-11-0||N Henderson||M Fitzgerald||10/3JF|
|2005||Thisthatandtother||10-11-3||P Nicholls||R Walsh||20/1|
The class of the type of winner required for the Ryanair has been steadily improving from top grade handicapper to the horses just below Gold Cup and Champion Chase standard.
The key to ante-post bets in this race is finding a horse where this race is definitely the target. In too many cases this will be one of a number of options as connections decide between Champion Chase and Gold Cup alternatives or maybe even a handicap.
Ryanair Chase Tips
Watch out for our tip for the 2014 Ryanair Chase nearer the race
Ryanair Chase Odds