- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Ryanair Chase Tips - 2.50pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by JAN 31st
It’s fourteen years since Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh teamed up to win the very first running of the Ryanair Chase with Thisthatandtother. In the early days it was a race for those not quite good enough to win either the Champion Chase or the Gold Cup and was a sort of consolation prize.
Now we have two and a half mile specialists and recent winners such as Cue Card, Vautour and Dynaste bear testimony to that. This years contest looks a very competitive event and we should start by looking at last year’s winner Un De Sceaux.
Now a 10yo so technically a veteran in horse racing terms, he looks as good as ever and has won both of his races so far this season. He kicked off with an easy task at Cork where he won by 25 lengths from Top Gamble.
He then stepped in class and went to Ascot for the Clarence House Chase, he only faced four rivals but was very impressive and won the race for the third time by a comfortable 7 lengths. There is no doubt he’s happy at two miles for the most part but has found no problem stepping up in trip when it’s required, you do just wonder whether he’s vulnerable here more than anywhere.
Cue Card would be a very popular winner in his last year before retirement. Colin Tizzard's 12yo won this race back in 2013 and has ran in the Gold Cup in the last two Festival's but fell in both of them. He drops back in trip which seems the right thing to do especially after a terrific effort at Ascot last time out when he was second to Waiting Patiently.
The plan is to have one more run after this before retiring but if he won you would have to think the connections would call it a day. It would certainly bring the house down and be a fitting end to a superb career.
A victory for the North would go down very well amongst racegoers and Ruth Jefferson could be the trainer to provide it. Her father Malcolm died this year and Ruth has taken over the reigns. Some will remember the yards amazing double with Cape Tribulation and Attaglance in 2012 so they certainly knows what it takes.
Cloudy Dream is the yards flagbearer after stable mate Waiting Patiently was taken out, things havent gone right for the grey this season but has ran some cracking races in defeat. He was second at Aintree in October and then again runner up behind Fox Norton here at Cheltenham. Last time out didnt see out the longer trip when second to Definitly Red and if he gets decent ground he will go close.
Paul Nicholls is tempted to run the 6yo Frodon, he doesn’t really have many other options and this improving youngster slammed a decent field at Cheltenham by 17 lengths and then last time out ran with plenty of credit behind Waiting Patiently so is probably worth a try here.
Gigginstown House Stud have a couple of entries that are worth mentioning, they had a decent Cheltenham last year but would to win their ‘own’ race for the first time. Henry De Bromhead saddles Balko Des Flos who was a good second at Leopardstown in the Christmas Chase over three miles. He would be better suited by this trip and is still improving at the age of seven.
Sub Lieutenant is the second Gigginstown runner bidding to win their own prize money, he is also trained by Henry De Bromhead. The 9yo was runner up to Un De Sceaux last year and a similar result would do nicely. This season he has had three starts including a third to Sizing John in December. He's not won since 2016 so it may be difficult for him in this company.
Punters Lounge Tip: Un De Sceaux 11/10 at Bet365 - Click Here To Bet
Ryanair Chase Runners
Ryanair Chase Trends
|9/10 Winners||Had won over a trip of at least 2m5f|
|10/10 Winners||Had won at Graded level previously|
|10/10 Winners||Rated 152 or more|
|8/10 Winners||Were NOT trained in Ireland|
|9/10 Winners||Had won at Cheltenham previously|
|8/10 Winners||Were bred in either Ireland or France|
|7/10 Winners||Came from first 3 in the betting|
|6/10 Winners||Had ran in the King George at Kempton|
|6/10 Favourites||Did not win the race|
|6/10 Winners||Were aged 7 or 8|
Ryanair Chase Previous Winners
|2018||Balko Des Flos||7||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||8/1|
|2017||Un De Sceaux||9||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||7/4|
|2016||Vautour||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||Evs|
|2015||Uxizandre||7||Tony McCoy||Alan King||16/1|
|2014||Dynaste||8||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe||3/1|
|2013||Cue Card||7||Joe Tizzard||Colin Tizzard||9/2|
|2012||Riverside Theatre||8||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||7/2|
|2011||Albertas Run||10||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||6/1|
|2010||Albertas Run||9||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||14/1|
|2009||Imperial Commander||8||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies||6/1|