Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: RYANAIR CHASE

  • 14/03/2019
  • 14:50

Cheltenham tips for Thursday

I’ve studied the form, looked at the trends and listened to quotes from connections of all the leading contenders in this year’s Ryanair. I still don’t know who’s going to win. Minis a big player and could feature in many Cheltenham Festival free bet offers. You could make a case for any of the leading quartet in the betting, while the likes of Saint Calvados, Aso, and Duc Des Genievres are not without each-way chances.

The most likely winner of the race looks to be A PLUS TARD, so I’ll tentatively include him in my Cheltenham Festival day three tips. I think Henry De Bromhead’s chaser brings the best seasonal form to the table, having beaten Chacun Pour Soi over Christmas, and is the only runner who seems to be open to a significant amount of improvement.

12-months ago, A Plus Tard looked a Grade One-quality horse running in a handicap when winning the Northern Trust. De Bromhead’s charge has gone on to prove that this term. I’m confident two-and-a-half miles on decent enough ground will prove to be his best trip. A Plus Tard is one of Rachael Blackmore’s best chances at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

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Cheltenham tips for Thursday

1:30JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase Tips
2:10Pertemps Final Tips
2:50Ryanair Chase Tips
3:30Stayers’ Hurdle Tips
4:10Festival Plate Handicap Chase Tips
4:50Mares’ Novices Hurdle Tips
5:30Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

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Affectionately known as the fifth Championship race at the Cheltenham Festival, the Ryanair Chase has steadily grown in stature since it was introduced to the Festival in 2005. Our Cheltenham day 3 tips will attempt to identify the key attributes needed to win this race – a dynamic blend of speed and stamina is required to triumph in the Ryanair and only the finest chaser in the field will be good enough to claim this coveted Grade One prize.

While the names of Cue Card, Vautour and Un De Sceaux stand out on the honors board, Alberta’s Run is the only horse to retain his Ryanair crown, winning at back-to-back Cheltenham Festivals in ’10 and ’11.

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