March 17 / 14.50 Cheltenham

14.50 Cheltenham

Heavy

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

  • Prize money: £211012.5
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
ITV
View Course
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

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 30y

17:55 Punchestown

Allaho

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has become a specialist over the intermediate trip in recent seasons, bolting up in the last two renewals of the Ryanair and also landed another Grade 1 in the John Durkan here in December; the return to this trip poses a question but he might get away with it on decent ground and he could be hard to peg back.

7/4

1st

1

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Allaho

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

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.

8/13

1st

1

23rd Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 63y

15:15 Thurles

Allaho

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won this last year before getting the better of Fakir D'oudairies in the Ryanair; well suited to this intermediate trip over fences and warmed to the task nicely when landing his second Grade 1 in the John Durkan on his seasonal reappearance last month; no obvious reason to oppose him here.

1/2

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

6

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 30y

17:55 Punchestown

Janidil

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Won a Grade 1 novice at Fairyhouse last season; hasn't added to that this term and while he's been highly tried, his better efforts have come over intermediate trips.

16/1

1

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 165y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Janidil

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Won 2m4f Grade 1 novice event at this venue last year; put up a career-best when giving Allaho a scare in the John Durkan at Punchestown in December; next two runs were over 3m at top level, stretching his stamina; confirmed his ability at around 2m4f when chasing home Allaho in the Ryanair; will be hard to beat at this level after eight successive Grade 1 outings.

5/4

2nd

5

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Janidil

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

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.

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

7th

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Eldorado Allen

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

3rd

3

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Eldorado Allen

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

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.

16/1

1st

2

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Eldorado Allen

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Second-season chaser who has very solid Grade 2 form (over 2m1f/2m4f) this term, winning the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter then running creditably in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon and Silviniaco Conti at Kempton; bred to stay this new trip but needs to improve for it, taking on some higher-rated rivals.

8/1

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

4th

4

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fanion D’Estruval

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

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.

33/1

3rd

3

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:38 Ascot

Fanion D’Estruval

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has shown smart handicap form (off top weight) the last twice, winning readily at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) then clear second over this C&D (soft) in a race that Cyrname (2019) and Dashel Drasher (2021) won before following up in this contest; better than ever and could well improve further; stable continues in great form, including big-race winners the last two Saturdays; bang there on ratings; strong credentials.

5/1

4

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 10y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Fanion D’Estruval

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Looked rusty when 3l behind Itchy Feet at Aintree on reappearance; back in handicaps when winning well at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) in November and losing out close home at Ascot (2m5f, soft; pair well clear) yesterday; unraced on heavy; going from strength to strength and has a huge shout on form but this would be a very quick return to action.

9/2

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

2nd

2

16th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:00 Killarney

Melon

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

No match for Allaho at Cheltenham but looked as good as ever when winning a Grade 3 at Cork last month; probably better at 3m these days though or would at least want the ground testing to be winning graded races at 2m4f.

3/1

1st

1

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

Melon

11st 8lb

J: B J Cooper

T: W P Mullins

5/4

5th

6

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Melon

11st 10lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

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.

16/1

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

2nd

2

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Shan Blue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

11/4

6th

9

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Shan Blue

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

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.

9/1

4

30th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

14:05 Wetherby

Shan Blue

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won here last October on his first two chase starts before landing 3m Grade 1 novice at Kempton in December; creditable Grade 1 efforts the next twice before below par in that grade at Aintree; others have more substance to their form but this 7yo is open to further improvement and it'll be no surprise if he makes a bold bid on his return (can lead).

9/2

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

2nd

3

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Conflated

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

2

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

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.

13/2

1st

3

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 61y

15:15 Leopardstown

Conflated

11st 10lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Now 3-9 over fences after winning a 2m4f handicap at Navan nine weeks ago, earning 12lb promotion to a highly respectable 157; much more needed now, and appears safely held by Janidil and Asterion Forlonge on the basis of a Fairyhouse clash last April.

33/1

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

2nd

1

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Mister Fisher

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Somewhat let down by jumping in the Marsh Melling at Aintree 15 days ago, taking Grade 1 form figures to 84PUP4P; Grade 2 specialist who has a record of 11121 at this level over jumps, the silver medal earned in this race last year (neck second); respected back in this grade.

11/8

7

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Mister Fisher

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

7

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Mister Fisher

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

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.

33/1

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

1st

4

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Saint Calvados

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Finished third in the King George on stable/seasonal debut, shaping as if he retains plenty of ability; has not built on that effort in two subsequent runs but looks interesting on these terms back down in grade; peak form (second in the 2020 Ryanair) gives him a big chance.

9/4

5th

9

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Saint Calvados

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

8

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Saint Calvados

11st 10lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Paul Nicholls

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.

Terms and conditions

*Odds displayed on this page are sourced directly from online bookmakers. Please check all details before placing your bet(s). 18+ only.

+o+e Accumulators

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

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Allaho

TOPSPEED:

Fanion D'Estruval

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