• 14/03/2019
  • 14:50

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I’d be confident siding with A Plus Tard, if he was guaranteed to run in this race. I’d say it was 70% likely he would indeed run in the Ryanair. However, with an outing in the Champion Chase a possibility for A Plus Tard, and the betting looking wide open behind him, I’m inclined to take a punt on a couple of runners at much bigger prices.

The first of my Ryanair Chase tips is REAL STEEL, who has made excellent progress this term. Willie Mullins’ charge has been jumping really consistently, and his rating has risen 12 pounds since running in last year’s JLT. Real Steel was awarded a career-high RPR of 166 for defeating Footpad at Thurles, and seemed to do that without coming out of third gear. At 14/1, he looks an excellent each-way bet.

As does JANIKA, who I believe has been running over the wrong trip all season. The fact he won the Haldon Gold Cup with such ease will have contributed to Henderson’s thinking, but two-and-a-half-miles is certainly his best trip. I didn’t think Janika would have looked out of place in last year’s Ryanair, so I’m hoping he can make a big splash if he gets the chance to run in it at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. He’ll be my second Ryanair Chase tip.




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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