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When is the Ryanair Chase 2020?

Cheltenham Thursday 12th March 2.50pm

Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+)

Distance: 2 Miles 5 Furlongs

Weights: 11st 9lbs (5yo), 11st 10lbs (6yo+), 7lb allowance for mares

Race three on day three is the Ryanair Chase, a grade one chase over a distance of two miles and five furlongs on the new course, where they have to clear 17 fences.

This is a middle-distance race for the top chasers, being longer than the Queen Mother Champion Chase and not as gruelling as the Gold Cup.

 

Ryanair Chase Trends and Statistics

Here are the Ryanair Chase 12 Year Trends and Statistics.

  • Age – All of the last twelve winners have been aged between seven and ten.
  • Starting Price – Nine of the last twelve winners returned at 6/1 or less.
  • Last Run – Just four of the last twelve winners won on their previous run before Cheltenham. Eleven of the last twelve winners last ran between 26 and 77 days ago.
  • Course Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least two previous runs at Cheltenham, ten  of them had a previous win at Cheltenham.
  • Distance Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least three previous runs over 2m 3f and 2m 5f, ten of them had at least two wins over that distance.
  • Hurdle Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least four runs over hurdles, nine of them had at least two wins over hurdles.
  • Chase Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least six chase runs and at least four chase wins.
  • Official Rating – Eleven of the last twelve winners were rated 161 or higher.
  • Graded Wins – Nine of the last twelve winners had at least one win in a Grade 1 race.
  • Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least two runs in the current season, nine of them had at least one win during the season.

Who are the Ryanair Chase Leading Contenders?

Currently The leading contenders for the Ryanair Chase 2020 are:

  • MIN – Multiple Grade 1 winner who has finished runner up twice in three runs at the Cheltenham Festival and been behind the mighty ALTIOR on all three occasions.
  • A PLUS TARD – Landed the Close Brothers Handicap Chase at last year’s festival and has since gone on to Group 1 glory
  • FRODON – Winner of this race last year and back to his best landing a Grade 2 at Kempton in January.
  • DEFI DU SEUIL – Won the JLT Novices Chase (now the Marsh Chase) over course and distance last season but is arguably better over shorter.
  • CYRNAME – Touted at the highest rated chaser in training, lowered the colours of ALTIOR in November but was found a bit wanting when stepped up to 3 miles for the King George at Kempton in December finishing a distant second by 21 lengths.

What’s Keith’s Ryanair Chase Tips for 2020?

Here is Keith’s tip for the 2020 Ryanair Chase:

Going through the leading contenders I will start in reverse order:

CYRNAME has that lofty reputation but has never run at Cheltenham before and may well struggle up the hill.

DEFI DU SEUIL is far more likely to run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

FRODON has been there, done that, got the t-shirt and is right back to his best form.

A PLUS TARD is likely to go to the very top of the chasing game but not this year and at just six misses the vital age statistic of previous winners.

MIN has twice been runner up at the Cheltenham Festival and is highly likely to make the frame again.

My selection for the Ryanair Chase 2020 is: FRODON 7/1 each way

As this article is written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to St Patrick’s Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 3. 

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What was Keith’s Ryanair Chase Tip for 2019?

FRT Tipster Keith’s wrote this for the 2019 Ryanair Chase:

Willie Mullins has a strong hand with MIN, who is likely to be sent off favourite, UN DE SCEAUX, who won the race in 2017 but at 11 is a bit long in the tooth now, FOOTPAD, who won last year’s Arkle and KEMBOY.

Other likely participants Are Ruth Jefferson’s WAITING PATIENTLY and ROAD TO RESPECT owned by the sponsors.

My selection for a tricky renewal and possibly one of the best races of the festival is the 2018 Arkle winner FOOTPAD 6/1 each way he has the all important course form and won’t have any problem with the trip having won over it when hurdling.

Result – FOOTPAD 8th of 16, broke blood vessels during the race and bled from his nose.

 

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Ryanair Chase Previous Winners

  • 2008 Our Vic 10 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
  • 2009 Imperial Commander 8 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • 2010 Albertas Run 9 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
  • 2011 Albertas Run 10 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
  • 2012 Riverside Theatre 8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
  • 2013 Cue Card 7 Joe Tizzard Colin Tizzard
  • 2014 Dynaste 8 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
  • 2015 Uxizandre 7 Tony McCoy Alan King
  • 2016 Vautour 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
  • 2017 Un de Sceaux 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
  • 2018 Balko des Flos 7 Davy Russell Henry de Bromhead
  • 2019 Frodon 7 Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls

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