Ryanair Chase Predictions, Betting Tips, Odds & Trends (Cheltenham 2024 - DAY 3)

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Ryanair Chase Predictions, Betting Tips, Odds & Trends (Cheltenham 2024 - DAY 3)

The Grade 1 Ryanair Chase is a two mile five furlong chase open to horses aged five years or older. It is seen as an easier alternative to the Gold Cup but has attracted quality fields in its first nine runnings. Allaho won back to back edition of this race in 2021 and 2022, while Henry De Bromhead's Envoi Allen won last year's edition last year's Ryanair Chase. The current champ will probably defend his crown this year. Check out below our Cheltenham 2024 Ryanair Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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    The Ryanair Chase was introduced at the Festival in 2005, and has become the "easier option" for some high class horses to take rather than tackle the Gold Cup. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt chase run over two miles and five furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards, with 17 fences to be jumped. The race boasts an impressive prize purse of £350,000 and has produced some impressive winners in recent years.

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    Who will win the Ryanair Chase 2024?

    Last year's winner ENVOI ALLEN has been below par this season. He recently finished behind Gerri Colombe in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal. Despite that, he is Ruby Walsh's pick as he believes Envoi Allen can go close again.

    BANBRIDGE is 2nd favorite after his winning reappearance in the Silviniaco Conti on 20th January. He has since been saved for the Festival. Banbridge has won both his races at Cheltenham having scored in the the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at the 2022 festival and then the Arkle trial at the November meeting in 2022 in his Novice Chase campaign. He was a non-runner in the 2023 Turners Novices Chase because of the soft ground.

    STAGE STAR, winner of the Turners Novices' Chase here in 2023, arrives at the Ryanair on the back of two wins from his last two outings, firstly in the G1 Manifesto at Aintree and the G1 Conti Chase at Kempton in January. He also won the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November on reappearance off a hefty weight.

    Willie Mullins' CAPODANNO won the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last time out - 2 lengths ahead of The Real Whacker - and clearly comes into the race in the best form of his life. He finished fourth in the Brown Advisory here last year over a longer trip and also ran in the Grand National a month later, where he was pulled up before the last.

    CONFLATED, who will represent the race sponsors, is classy horse that finished third in last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup. He has unseated his rider in his his last two outings but could be a ral threat on his best day.

    Dark horses?

    Gordon Elliott has also entered FIL D'OR who finished four lengths behind El Fabiolo in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork in December but struggled here up the hill last year, when finishing 19th in the Coral Cup.

    PROTEKTORAT will represent Sir Alex Ferguson at the Cheltenham. The 9-year-old is winless since November 2022. Anyway, he was a good third behind Shishkin in the Denman Chase last time out and fifth in the Gold Cup last year behind Galopin Des Champs .

    Last year's 3rd HITMAN is clearly overpriced as well as FUGITIF, fourth to Stage Star in November and then winning a month later, while AHOY SENOR also looks likely to run in this Grade One following his effort in the Ascot Chase. This Lucinda Russell nine-year-old has generally ran over a longer distance than this and has mixed form at the Festival, finishing second in the Brown Advisory in 2022, before falling in the Gold Cup last year.

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    • Just 7 of the last 19 favourites won (1 was joint-favourite)
    • 16 of the last 19 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
    • 15 of the last 19 winners had won at Cheltenham previously
    • 10 of the last 16 winners failed to win last time out
    • 12 of the last 16 winners of the Ryanair had already previously won a Grade 1
    • All the last 10 winners were French-breds
    • 15 of the last 16 winners had an official handicap rating over fences of at least 161
    • 6 of the last 10 winners were aged 7


    Check out below our expert picks on the Ryanair Chase 2024. Feel free to copy our Cheltenham Festival free betting tips and get the highest prices available on the market by clicking the 'Bet' button! Stay tuned and don't miss our racing tips... bookmaker our horse racing free predictions page!

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    Ruby Walsh's Tips

    "I’ve been on Envoi Allen for a while and I’m not going to desert him now. His record at Cheltenham speaks for itself and Henry de Bromhead’s horses have done brilliantly this week."

    • Ruby WalshRuby Walsh's Ryanair Chase Tips
      Envoi Allen


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    What time is the Ryanair Chase?

    The Ryanair Chase is the 3rd race run on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Thursday March 14, 2024 and the official starting time is 2:50pm.

    How many obstacles are jumped in the Ryanair Chase?

    There are 17 obstacles to jump for the Ryanair Chase runners

    What is the distance of the Ryanair Chase?

    The Ryanair Chase is run on a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs

    What is the prize money for the Ryanair Chase?

    The total prize money on offer for the Ryanair at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival will be £350,000.

    Who won the Ryanair Chase last year?

    Last year's renewal was won by Envoi Allen at SP of 13/2f, trained by Henry De Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore.

    What weights are carried for the Ryanair Chase?

    11 st 9 lb (5yo). 11 st 10 lb (6yo+), with a 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

    Who is the leading jockey in the Ryanair Chase?

    The most successful jockey in the Ryanair Chase is Ruby Walsh, with four wins. Paul Townend won the race aboard Min in 2020 and Allaho in 2022. He is the only jockey currently riding that has ridden more than one winner of this race.

    Who is the leading trainer in the Ryanair Chase?

    Willie Mullins has won five of the last eight renewals. Henry De Bromhead has won two in the last eight years. Jonjo O'Neill has won two renewals.

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