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

  • Prize money: £211012.5
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 9 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: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 13-317 C

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict

Has seven Grade 1 wins on his CV, the most recent at Down Royal (3m, yielding) in November; ran poorly in the King George when last seen but that just looked a clear off-day and he's likely to rebound; has form figures of 113 in completed starts at the Cheltenham Festival, winning the Champion Bumper in 2019 and Ballymore in 2020 then third in the Champion Chase in 2022 (all on soft ground); that record gives him a solid chance back here.

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3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Envoi Allen

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on any ground; ran creditably, albeit beaten 4l by Protektorat, at Cheltenham four weeks ago when bidding for a second success in the Ryanair; retains all of his ability aged ten but it's 19 years since a veteran last landed this prize; first visit to Aintree.

11/2

2nd

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Envoi Allen

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on any going; absent since his close second in Grade 1 thriller at Down Royal (3m) four months ago; similarly fresh when he won this race last year, taking Cheltenham Festival record to 3-5, and he holds very solid claims back here despite his age now reaching double figures; veterans have endured a barren spell in the Ryanair for over a decade but 10yos landed this prize in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

3/1

4/5

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 11P-31 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 174

Form & Verdict

Has been a real powerhouse at 2m and he's a dual Cheltenham Festival winner (2020 Supreme, 2021 Arkle); physical issues contributed to his flops in last year's Champion Chase and this season's Tingle Creek; had a second wind surgery prior to staging a big revival in the Ascot Chase (2m5f, good to soft; tongue-tie applied) last month, proving well suited by the new trip and gliding clear impressively; has won on all types of ground; top on ratings and should be hard to beat provided he remains in peak form.

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4th

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won this last year (good to soft); refused to race on reappearance (his sole outing in cheekpieces); may well have won the Grade 1 King George at Kempton (3m, good) in December but for stumbling/unseating just after two out; ready Grade 2 win at Newbury (2m7f, heavy) in February; didn't run in last month's Gold Cup due to an unsatisfactory scope and there remains a question mark regarding the form of the stable, but he's a key player if at his best.

5/2

1st

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Shishkin

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped left on occasions, raced in second, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 13th, pressed leader after 4 out, led 3 out, soon faced challenge, not fluent last, ridden and kept on well run-in

4/6

0

5

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has become somewhat enigmatic nowadays and refused to race in first-time cheekpieces at Ascot on last month's reappearance (no headgear today); however, he won his sixth Grade 1 when responding to pressure and leading after the final fence in the 3m1f Aintree Bowl in April, on his first crack at a staying trip under rules, and he's capable of having a big say if on his best behaviour.

7/2

25/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 2-21P2 D BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Placed many times at Graded level, most recently second in the Denman Chase at Newbury (2m7f, good) where he started favourite; runner-up in two Grade 1 races last term; however, still seeking first win above Class 2 grade and this switch to Cheltenham is an unknown (first run here); it remains to be seen how much he'll find up the hill, even with cheekpieces added.

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3rd

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Hitman

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Just one win from last 15 starts but still capable of high-class form, as he showed when second to Shishkin in the Denman Chase at Newbury (2m7f, heavy); left well behind from three out in the Ryanair at Cheltenham next time, but this is weaker and drying ground will pose him no problems; real chance with blinkers replacing the usual cheekpieces.

11/4

8th

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Hitman

11st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Has a disappointing strike-rate for a horse of his ability but is capable of smart form, such as third-place finish in this contest last year; clear best effort since when second in Newbury Grade 2 last month, having travelled smoothly into contention then eventually got outstayed by Shishkin over 2m7f on heavy ground; that tees him up nicely for another crack at the Ryanair.

25/1

2nd

4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Hitman

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, good jump and went third 5 out, went second going easily just after 3 out, no extra from last, just held second

12/1

Form: -31252 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Successful in Grade 3 novice chase at Thurles (2m2f, good) last term and ran creditably in a Grade 2 contest there (2m4f, yielding; bare form can be marked up) most recently; strictly has something to find back at Grade 1 level but posted a big effort (close second to Ga Law in major 2m4f handicap) on sole Cheltenham start and could go well again.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

French Dynamite

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

raced in second, not fluent 2nd, mistake and joined 7th, lost second and weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off after 2 out

12/1

3rd

8

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:40 Thurles

French Dynamite

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

Won over hurdles on first run last season before finishing second in Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham; no chase success since March 2022 but good efforts in defeat last season behind Fakir D'Oudairies here and when fourth in the Ryanair; not at best at Aintree on final start; could be hard to beat if the ground does not deteriorate.

7/2

Form: 32/31F C BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Useful novice chaser two seasons back, then missed last term; has performed very well in major handicaps since returning to action, including a success in the Paddy Power here (2m4f, good; beat French Dynamite); still held every chance when final-fence faller at Doncaster (upped to 3m) last time; faces a harder task on these terms but may improve further.

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2nd

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Ga Law

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

In and out this term but his 2m4f Cheltenham handicap win in January was a return to his best; jumped poorly when pulled up in the Ryanair there in March; has a bit to find on the figures but this isn't the strongest of Grade 2s and drying ground should suit (4-6 on good/good to firm); not ruled out.

13/2

8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ga Law

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Yet to score on ground slower than good to soft in Britain; has form figures of 151 at Cheltenham, comprising wins in major 2m4f handicaps (including latest start) and a creditable fifth in this race last year; should give his running but needs a career-best performance to succeed in this second Ryanair attempt.

25/1

1st

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Ga Law

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, not fluent 5th, led 9th, faced challenge when good jump 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well run-in

9/1

Form: 2-3133 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser who arrives in consistent form having won Grade 2 event at Down Royal (2m3f, yielding) in November and subsequently finished third in a couple of Grade 1 races at Leopardstown (3m, soft/yielding); close third in the Albert Bartlett here in 2020 and had an excuse in the Stayers' Hurdle the following year; likely to go well.

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4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Fury Road

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear throughout, detached from 4 out, tailed off

16/1

7/1

Form: 32F-P1 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict

Regained the winning thread in Grade 2 Red Mills at Gowran (2m4f, soft to heavy; back from layoff) last month, which sets him up perfectly for another crack at the Ryanair; creditable second, without proving a match for brilliant stablemate Allaho, in this contest last year (soft) and should go well again; indeed, with Allaho absent he has become one of the likelier winners this time.

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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: 3-1112 D BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Turned over at short odds in the Dublin Chase most recently but could well bounce back from that defeat; progressive otherwise and he was impressive at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) the time before, recording a third Grade 1 win; confirmed his stamina for 2m4f with Grade 2 win at Clonmel (soft to heavy) in November and remains particularly unexposed at this trip; respectable third in the Arkle at this meeting last year; major player.

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4th

3

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 150y

14:30 Punchestown

Blue Lord

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Good 6-10 record over fences; career-best when winning 2m1f Grade 1 at Leopardstown last Christmas; overturned at long odds-on by stablemate Gentleman de Mee at Dublin Racing Festival; never going well in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and made little impact in third behind stablemate Energumene when dropped in trip here at the festival.

13/2

3rd

1

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Blue Lord

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, went fourth after 3 out, ridden and went third approaching last, kept on, no match for first two

13/2

8th

1

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Blue Lord

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Turned over at short odds in the Dublin Chase most recently but could well bounce back from that defeat; progressive otherwise and he was impressive at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) the time before, recording a third Grade 1 win; confirmed his stamina for 2m4f with Grade 2 win at Clonmel (soft to heavy) in November and remains particularly unexposed at this trip; respectable third in the Arkle at this meeting last year; major player.

11/2

Form: 1U-233

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Formerly a high-class chaser (multiple Grade 1 winner) at about 2m on Irish soil but has shown signs of being on the wane this season and a step up to 2m4f failed to help last time; three runs in Britain have not gone well, including twice in the Champion Chase (beaten favourite in 2021, unseated rider in 2022); enough to prove on first Ryanair attempt.

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2nd

2

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Chacun Pour Soi

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 4 out, went third after 3 out, went second 2 out, ridden and led narrowly approaching last, faced challenge final 110yds, kept on but headed towards finish

20/1

3rd

1

9th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

Chacun Pour Soi

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

held up in behind leaders, some headway 6th, briefly went second 10th, pushed along after 2 out, ran on well and briefly went second run-in, lost second towards finish

3/1

9th

2

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Chacun Pour Soi

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Formerly a high-class chaser (multiple Grade 1 winner) at about 2m on Irish soil but has shown signs of being on the wane this season and a step up to 2m4f failed to help last time; three runs in Britain have not gone well, including twice in the Champion Chase (beaten favourite in 2021, unseated rider in 2022); enough to prove on first Ryanair attempt.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £177.00
Straight Forecast £134.70
Tricast £1320.30
Trifecta £2417.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Shishkin

Daily Record:

Blue Lord

WEST COUNTRY:

Hitman

RP Ratings:

Shishkin

TOPSPEED:

Shishkin

POSTDATA:

Shishkin

LAMBOURN:

Shishkin

The Times:

Shishkin

Telegraph:

Shishkin

The Guardian:

Shishkin

Daily Mail:

Shishkin

D Express:

Shishkin

Daily Mirror:

Shishkin

The Sun:

Shishkin

The Star:

Shishkin