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 was a scintillating 12-lenghts winner of last year's Ryanair Chase and he is back to defend his crown. Check out below our Cheltenham 2022 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.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Ryanair Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Ryanair Chase 2022?
ALLAHO was emphatic 12L winner of this race last year and has been faultless since then. He showed that he was back as good as ever when winning at Punchestown in December nad also scored in the the grade two Horse And Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles in January, a race he took prior to his romp at the Festival last season.
CONFLATED proved he has what it takes to make his mark at the highest level when landing the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown few weeks ago. Producing a sparkling front-running display to down Gold Cup hero Minella Indo, the Gordon Elliott trained horse is set to put it up to Allaho.
SHAN BLUE was last seen when taking a nasty fall at Wetherby in the Charlie Hall Chase last October. His trainer Dan Skelton stated that he has returned to form and has done plenty of schooling.
ELDORADO ALLEN was last seen winning the Denman Chase at Newbury last month, defeating Royale Pagaille and Clan Des Obeaux on his first start over three miles that day.
JANIDIL ran Allaho to a couple of lengths in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December, beating Fakir D'Oudaries and Envoi Allen that day.
Dark horses?MISTER FISHER's form has certainly dipped in and out since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Marsh Novices' Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. His only success last season came in the rescheduled Peterborough Chase at Cheltenham. He reappeared in the King George where he ran no sort of race when pulling up but then won the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton in January.
SAINT CALVADOS was a brilliant 2nd in the 2019 Ryanair Chase could be a smart each way shot this year. He ran an extraordinary race on his debut for the yard in the recent King George VI Chase. Fresh off a wind operation, with the tongue-tie fitted, Saint Calvados has the pace to travel close enough to Allaho and this looks his ideal trip.
Willie Mullin's MELON is a four-times Festival runner-up who secured his first win in over two years last time out - in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran. He came second in the Supreme Novices', the Champion Hurdle and the Marsh Novices’ Chase, going closest of all when Samcro beat him a nose in the last-named contest. He disappointed in last year’s Ryanair Chase when taken off his feet by the gallop set by stablemate Allaho.
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RYANAIR CHASE TRENDS
- Just 6 of the last 17 favourites won (1 was joint-favourite)
- 15 of the last 17 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
- 13 of the last 17 winners had won at Cheltenham previously
- 9 of the last 10 winners had won at least four times over fences
- The last 10 winners had run at Cheltenham at least twice before
- All the last 8 winners were French-breds
- The last 10 winners had an official handicap rating over fences of at least 161
- 6 of the last 9 winners were aged 7
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2022 RYANAIR CHASE FAQs
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 17, 2022 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 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £350,000.
Who won the Ryanair Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Allaho at SP of 3/1f, trained by Willie Mullins 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. No jockey currently riding has ridden more than one winner of this race
Who is the leading trainer in the Ryanair Chase?
Willie Mullins has won four of the last six renewals and has also had a second and third in that period. Jonjo O'Neill has won two renewals.