Ryanair Chase Odds 2023

The Ryanair Chase is a Grade 1 race over two miles and five furlongs at the Cheltenham Festival in March. It was introduced in 2005 as a championship race for horses who were not fast enough to compete in the two-mile Champion Chase but lacked the stamina for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Albertas Run (2010 and 2011) remains the only horse to have won two Ryanair Chases, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and ridden by Tony McCoy.

The first Irish-trained winner was Vautour in 2016, the first of four winners in the past six seasons for Willie Mullins. He struck again with Un De Sceaux (2017), Min (2020) and last year’s winner Allaho. Rachael Blackmore rode Allaho to a brilliant 12 lengths win and the horse dominates the Ryanair Chase odds 2023 as the 4-6 favourite.

Ryanair Chase Odds and Entries 2023

Allaho has been marked down as one of the banker bets of the Cheltenham Festival for most of the season. He was far too good for his rivals 12 months’ ago, beating Fakir D’Oudairies by 12 lengths. Tornado Flyer (third), Fanion D’Estruval (fifth), Melon (pulled up) and Mister Fisher (pulled up) were all well beaten and will have a tough task reversing the form this year.

Allaho was beaten by stable companion Chacun Pour Soi at Punchestown over two miles last April but has won both starts this season. He confirmed the form with many of his Cheltenham rivals to win the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase in December. He was chased home by two more Willie Mullins-trained horses in Janidil and Melon who both hold Ryanair entries. He subsequently beat Fakir D’Oudairies by 12 lengths at Thurles, although the runner-up blundered badly at the first fence that day.

Most of the horses prominent in the Ryanair Chase odds have alternative engagements and this race could cut up quite badly. Energumene and Chacun Pour Soi are almost certainly going for the Queen Mother Champion Chase while A Plus Tard is bound for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. That could also be the target of Gordon Elliott’s Irish Gold Cup winner Conflated.

Dan Skelton’s Shan Blue is expected to line up here, his first start since falling when well clear at Wetherby in October. Colin Tizzard trained Cue Card to win this race in 2013 and is set to run Eldorado Allen, a game winner of the Denman Chase at Newbury in February.

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Allaho 4-6

Energumene 3-1

A Plus Tard 6-1

Chacun Pour Soi 8-1

Shan Blue 17-2

Conflated 9-1

Janidil 10-1

Tornado Flyer 11-1

Fakir D’Oudairies 12-1

Eldorado Allen 14-1

Melon 14-1

Envoi Allen 16-1

Asterion Forlonge 20-1

Mister Fisher 20-1

Saint Calvados 20-1

Fanion D’Estruval 25-1

Hitman 25-1

Chatham Street Lad 40-1

Cilaos Emery 50-1

Franco De Port 50-1

Dashel Drasher 66-1

Ryanair Chase News

Paul Townend has a fantastic book or rides lined up for Cheltenham and he will be aboard odds-on favourite Allaho in the Ryanair Chase. He rode previous winner Min who was marginally preferred in the Ryanair Chase odds last season with Rachael Blackmore stepping in for the winning ride. Townend has won three times on the gelding, including last time out at Thurles.

Mullins has nine of the 26 entries in total and will almost certainly have other runners on the day. Perhaps the most obvious are Janidil and Melon. Janidil stuck on gamely to get within 2 lengths of Allaho at Punchestown in December and has not been quite so effective over three miles in his two subsequent races. Melon enjoyed a confidence-boosting win at Gowran Park last month to end a 9-race losing sequence that stretched back to December 2019.

Joseph O’Brien seems likely to run last year’s runner-up Fakir D’Oudairies, despite having had a hard race at Ascot last time out. He was all out to get the better of Two For Gold in a gruelling renewal of the Grade 1 Ascot Chase. He has the option of waiting for Liverpool next month but the horse took in both festivals last season.

The Ascot Chase dented the prospects of Saint Calvados who burst a blood vessel and was pulled up. He had looked a likely contender for this race when finishing an eye-catching fourth in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day. Dashel Drasher also pulled up that day while Mister Fisher finished a remote fourth on ground that was probably too testing for him. Dan Skelton has deliberately kept his powder dry with Shan Blue who would certainly have won the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby but for falling at the third last.