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Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £211012.5
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

8/13 (Won)

  • Win: £1.58
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 11-211 CD

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 174

Form & Verdict

Has won on soft to heavy; one of the most emphatic winners of the 2021 Festival when beating Fakir D'Oudairies by 12l in this race (good to soft), with the time backing up visual impressions; unbeaten at this trip this season, workmanlike in the Grade 1 John Durkan after seven-month break but back to his best in Grade 2 at Thurles in January; should be at concert pitch for this return to Cheltenham and, if that is so, the others are likely playing for second.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Allaho

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, jumped left on occasions, made all, faced challenge but going easily 3 out, went clear when nudged along after 2 out, easily

8/13

3rd

1

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Allaho

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won the 2m4f Ryanair Chase for the second consecutive season in March 2022 and easily followed up in the Punchestown Gold Cup that April (his first 3m Grade 1 win); a long absence followed until last month, when he comfortably won the three-runner 2m4f Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase; that latest performance isn't definitive confirmation that he retains all of his old, brilliant ability, but he will be tough to beat if at his best.

7/4

1st

2

9th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 96y

14:50 Clonmel

Allaho

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made all, didn't always jump with fluency, going best and clear before 2 out, pushed out when ridden briefly run-in, easily

4/9

12/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 1-2253 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Won on soft to heavy last term but really came on to the scene when winning Grade 1 novice at Fairyhouse (2m4f, yielding) in April and put up a career best when giving Allaho a fright in the John Durkan at Punchestown (yielding to soft) in December; has shaped with promise over 3m the last twice, while suggesting that trip stretches him; clearly Grade 1 quality and he may prove Allaho's biggest threat once more.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Janidil

11st 6lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy; third in the 2022 Irish Gold Cup over 3m, but seen more often at about 2m4f and that's where he's registered his best wins and peak efforts; backward steps on last two outings further undermine his prospects.

100/1

8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Janidil

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Progressive hurdler in 2019-20 novice campaign and high-class chaser subsequently, winning a 2m4f Grade 1 novice, but this 10yo was below par in Grade 2 chase at Kempton in January latest; something to prove in hot company now back hurdling and a shorter trip may be preferable; cheekpieces are added.

50/1

3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Janidil

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

No match for Allaho on a few occasions, including in Clonmel Grade 2 on sole run this term; now wears tongue-tie; holds a respectable chance on best form but he's not the safest jumper in this field, having fallen a few times, most recently last April when in command at Fairyhouse.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5-1321 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

Well-held second to Shishkin in last year's Arkle but has improved for going up in trip this season; ran Mister Fisher close in Grade 2 at Kempton in January (2m4f, soft) before taking a couple of notable scalps in the Denman at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) last month; doubts over strength of that form and even on a positive reading he has more on his plate here.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

20th

15

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Eldorado Allen

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won a maiden hurdle on heavy; recorded his best ratings in 2022; began this campaign in respectable fashion but last two outings were poor, given wind surgery in between but a respiratory noise was reported on latest start; stays 3m2f but this trip is major unknown territory.

100/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Eldorado Allen

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has run at the last four Festivals, second in the Arkle in 2021 and third in the Ryanair in 2022; ran with credit when fourth in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in December but has his share of weight and he didn't run well off his lower hurdle mark in January; has had wind surgery since and cheekpieces return for the first time since last April.

20/1

5th

3

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Eldorado Allen

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Placed in valuable handicap chases on both outings this season, more recently when keeping-on fourth in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, goof to soft) last month; unraced over hurdles since March 2020 but could be very interesting trying to exploit his lower mark in this sphere.

11/4

Form: 5-4123 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Improved this term, showing top-class handicap form at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) and Ascot (2m5f, soft) before shaping better than result when third to Fakir D'Oudairies in Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, soft); his sometimes-sketchy jumping tends to get better when he's ridden positively, but there must be a question over whether he can lay up with the likes of Allaho.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

1

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Yet to win beyond 2m4f but he looks a stayer now and after working hard from a long way out he took a late third behind Into Overdrive at Wetherby in December (3m, good to soft; suited by soft); first-time cheekpieces no help next time (left off now) and he is up against it off top weight.

25/1

4th

4

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Fanion DEstruval

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Classy chaser who has run several of his best races at Newbury; shaped encouragingly when seventh of 15 in the Coral Gold Cup over 3m2f here in November, and he was back to near his best when third in a competitive Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day; should be at concert pitch now and makes plenty of appeal in first-time headgear.

7/2

3rd

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Unproven at 3m and soundly beaten in midfield when upped to 3m2f in last month's Coral Gold Cup; however, he may have needed that reappearance run and his staying-on third in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, soft) in February provides hope regarding today's trip and him defying his lofty mark.

10/1

16/1

Form: P-P341 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; second in Grade 1s at four successive Cheltenham Festivals before pulling up behind Allaho last year; being beaten just over 5l in the John Durkan (third to Allaho and Janidil) and Savills (fourth to Galvin) shows he retains his ability, but that is not quite enough against the very best.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

10

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18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 4f 10y

Class 5

14:32 Ripon

Melon

8st 10lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

reared start, slowly away, always behind

8/1

Form: 1252-F BF

Last run: 138 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Ran well on heavy last term; not seen since falling heavily three out in Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) in October, when 20l clear with the race at his mercy; injury has kept him off since, but this normally excellent jumper is a fascinating contender and a likely thorn in Allaho's side from a pace perspective; Grade 1 winner at 3m, but races enthusiastically so this sort of trip may prove ideal.

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No / Draw
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3rd

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

disputed lead

6/1

3rd

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

High-class chaser at 2m4f-3m in his prime but he took a terrible fall at Wetherby two years ago and hasn't been the same since; easily excused a pulled-up run over hurdles in November and it's just possible he didn't act on the track when back over fences at Chepstow since, but the fitting of cheekpieces adds to the doubts.

6/1

Form: 4-U211 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 168

Form & Verdict

Won easily on soft to heavy last March; first three chase wins came over 2m4f at Navan and Naas, including a Grade B handicap in December, before causing a shock in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown (yielding) last month; Davy Russell made the best use of this horse's speed that day and he looked like winning by further approaching the last, so returning to this trip rather than tackling the Gold Cup makes sense; needs to improve 10lb or so to match Allaho's best, but has more scope to do that than most.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile ground-wise; dual Grade 1 winner at 3m in 2022; ran respectably when third behind Protektorat and Envoi Allen in the Ryanair dropped back to 2m4f most recently; however, his chance of reversing those placings appears to depend on how well he responds to first-time cheekpieces.

9/1

3rd

4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile ground-wise; looked beaten when unseating rider at final fence in 3m Grade 1 races won by Galopin Des Champs the last twice; disputing second place when falling two out in this contest in 2022; dual winner at the top level and third in last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup; ties in closely with Envoi Allen on Down Royal form in November; very good chaser on his day, therefore, and has place possibilities granted a clear round.

13/2

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, outpaced on turn after 2 out

9/1

Form: U2-P14 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Top class on his day, winning 2020 Peterborough Chase over C&D (soft) and back to that level when beating Eldorado Allen in Grade 2 at Kempton (2m4f, soft) in January; jumping and occasionally attitude can hold him back and others offer more solid each-way alternatives to Allaho.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Mister Fisher

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has struggled on his three starts this season and was pulled up here last time; however, perhaps the subsequent wind op will have done the trick and this three-time course winner is very well handicapped on last season's best form, including a C&D Grade 2 win last January; not ruled out.

8/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Mister Fisher

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced in second, lost second when not fluent 6th, not fluent 7th, weakened 8th

33/1

4th

3

4th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

14:55 Huntingdon

Mister Fisher

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent

13/2

Form: /4U-3P C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; second to Min in this in 2020 for Harry Whittington; shaped really well in last two runnings of King George, sent for home far too soon when third on stable debut in December; burst blood vessel in Ascot Chase next time and comes with risks attached, for all his undoubted talent.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

24th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:20 Warwick

Saint Calvados

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Can sometimes harm his chance by racing too freely but was a high-class chaser in his prime and proved he retains a significant chunk of ability when close third in Ayr handicap (2m4f, good to soft) last month; drops back to 2m for first time since 2019; respected.

2/1

3rd

1

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Saint Calvados

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won a Grade 2 at Sandown (2m6f, good) last April and has dropped to an attractive mark; not ruled out but this 10yo has been well below his best on his three starts this season and has something to prove.

11/2

2

25th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Kempton

Saint Calvados

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Below best under new owner-rider David Maxwell on last two runs, and this headstrong sort may be vulnerable to stronger stayers at 3m; however, he won over an extended 2m6f at Sandown (good; Grade 2) last April under today's rider Harry Cobden and a case can be made on that form; not ruled out.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £67.00
Straight Forecast £75.40
Tricast £404.30
Trifecta £316.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Allaho

WEST COUNTRY:

Eldorado Allen

The Star:

Shan Blue

LAMBOURN:

Mister Fisher

RP Ratings:

Allaho

POSTDATA:

Allaho

The Times:

Allaho

Telegraph:

Allaho

The Guardian:

Allaho

Daily Mail:

Allaho

Daily Express:

Allaho

Daily Mirror:

Allaho

The Sun:

Allaho

Daily Record:

Allaho