Ryanair Chase Betting Tips

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Allaho was a wide-margin winner of the Ryanair Chase for Rachael Blackmore last year.

Allaho was a wide-margin winner of the Ryanair Chase for Rachael Blackmore last year.

This page covers everything you need to know regarding Ryanair Chase betting. Our experts have examined the feature race on Day 3 of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival since its inception in 2005.

We take you through some crucial trends and factors to help you find the Ryanair winner, along with some key contenders to consider for this season’s renewal before we release our Ryanair Chase tips.

Tip – ALLAHO 

Arguably one of the bankers of the week for most people, Willie Mullins’ eight-year-old won this contest last season with an emphatic performance, readily pulling clear of his rivals to win by 12l. Allaho has returned this campaign with two more impressive wins against Graded opponents and will be fancied to make light work of his rivals on Thursday and record another Festival success.


Ryanair Chase Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

We have yet to confirm this season’s Ryanair Chase, but we do have the early entries. Our 2023 Ryanair Chase tips will be uploaded nearer the festival.

Underdogs can strike in this race, it’s rare, but it can certainly happen. Balko Des Flos (8/1) beat reigning champion Un De Sceaux (an odds-on favourite) in 2018 to cause an upset. Before that, Uxizandre provided A P McCoy with his final Cheltenham Festival victory in 2015 at 16/1, beating Don Cossack, who went on to win the Gold Cup the following year. So it’s essential not to overlook the outsiders in the Ryanair Chase betting.


Ryanair Chase Runners – Thursday 17th March 2:50

NUMBER SILKS HORSE TRAINER/JOCKEY
1 Allaho T: Willie Mullins

J: Paul Townend

2 Conflated T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

3 Eldorado Allen T: Colin Tizzard

J: Brendan Powell

4 Fanion D’Estruval T: Venetia Williams

J: Charlie Deutsch

5 Janidil T: Willie Mullins

J: Mark Walsh

6 Melon T: Willie Mullins

J: 

7 Mister Fisher T: Nicky Henderson

J: James Bowen

8 Saint Calvados T: Paul Nicholls

J: Harry Cobden

9 Shan Blue T: Dan Skelton

J: Harry Skelton


How to pick a Ryanair chase winner

Willie Mullins has been a trainer to take extremely seriously in the Ryanair Chase in recent years, as he’s won four of the last six renewals with some quality horses – Vautour, Un De Sceaux, Min and Allaho. In addition to paying close attention to Mullins, the focus has very much been the top of the market in this event. Eleven of the last fourteen winners were first or second in the Ryanair Chase odds. Something else worth looking out for is the official ratings of the horses, as eleven of the last twelve winners had a rating of 162 or higher, so the class usually shines through.


Ryanair Chase Odds 2023

The Ryanair Chase is the feature race on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. Below are the latest Ryanair Chase odds for 2023.

 

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Allaho

11-211

J:Paul Townend
T:Willie Mullins
31/50
Conflated

4-U211

J:Davy Russell
T:Gordon Elliott
6/1
Shan Blue

1252-F

J:Harry Skelton
T:Dan Skelton
8/1
Janidil

1-2253

J:Mark Walsh
T:Willie Mullins
12/1
Eldorado Allen

5-1321

J:Brendan Powell
T:Colin Tizzard
14/1
Melon

P-P341

J:TBC
T:Willie Mullins
16/1
Saint Calvados

/4U-3P

J:Harry Cobden
T:Paul Nicholls
22/1
Mister Fisher

U2-P14

J:James Bowen
T:Nicky Henderson
25/1
Fanion D’Estruval

5-4123

J:Charlie Deutsch
T:Venetia Williams
33/1

All About The Ryanair Chase: Past and Present

The Ryanair Chase was first run in 2005 and was introduced as a Grade 2 before being upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2008. Sponsored by Ryanair since 2006, it is run over two miles, four and a half furlongs in which the horses jump 17 fences. Ruby Walsh is the leading jockey, having won it four times, including twice for trainer Willie Mullins, the top trainer in the race with four titles.

Being on Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival, the Ryanair Chase takes place on the new course, so it has a longer straight than the races from the previous two days on the old course. There has been just one dual winner of the Ryanair Chase as Albertas Run recorded successive victories in 2010 and 2011 – Allaho will bid to emulate that feat this year.


How Do Horses Qualify For the Ryanair Chase Race?

As the Ryanair Chase is an open race, it is available to any horse aged five years and older, with a BHA rating of 130 and upwards. Geldings carry a weight of 11st 10lbs (five-year-olds 11st 9lbs), and mares receive a 7lb allowance, meaning they carry 11st 3lbs.


What is the Ryanair Chase Prize Money in 2023?

The 2021 prize money dropped for the Ryanair Chase to a total of £265,000, with the winner taking home £150,350.40, the runner up £57,414.90 and the third £29,351.30. However, the purse was significantly increased for the 2023 Ryanair Chase to £375,000, with the winning connections pocketing £211,013.


Ryanair Chase Past Winners 

There has been one dual winner of the Ryanair Chase, Albertas Run, who won back to back renewals in 2010 and 2011. Fondmort, Our Vic and the aforementioned Albertas Run all won the race at the grand old age of 10, but from 2012 onwards, the younger brigade have taken over with six seven-year-olds claiming the prize in that time frame.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2010 Albertas Run 14/1 A P McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
2011 Albertas Run 6/1 A P McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
2012 Riverside Theatre 7/2F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Cue Card 7/2 Joe Tizzard Colin Tizzard
2014 Dynaste 3/1F Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2015 Uxizandre 16/1 A P McCoy Alan King
2016 Vautour 1/1F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Un De Sceaux 7/4F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2018 Balko Des Flos 8/1 Davy Russell Henry De Bromhead
2019 Frodon 9/2 Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls
2020 Min 2/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2021 Allaho 3/1F Rachael Blackmore Willie Mullins

Other Races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Ryanair Chase is the feature race on Thursday, 17th March 2022, at the Cheltenham Festival. It’s supported by other brilliant races with the Stayers’ Hurdle and Turners Novices’ Chase, the two other Grade 1 races on the card. Here is the complete list of races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival.

13:30 The Turners Novices’ Chase

14:10 The Pertemps Network Final

14:50 The Ryanair Chase

15:30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

16:10 The Paddy Power Plate

16:50 The Mares Novices’ Hurdle

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup