Ryanair Chase 2021

Ryanair Chase Tips

At one point this season the Ryanair Chase looked like it would be one of the races of the Festival but a number of market leaders have disappointed on their most recent starts. Indeed, Min, Imperial Aura and Saint Calvados arrive here having not finished on their last start. 

Imperial Aura unseated at the second fence at Kempton in January and there has to be a question mark over how strong his form is from his two victories this season. Saint Calvados wasn’t running very well before unseating in the Cotswold Chase, which was the first time he’s failed to finish in his career. Not an ideal preparation for Cheltenham.

Min jumped very poorly before being pulled up in the Dublin Chase. Compare this effort to last year when he ran a brilliant race to finish three lengths behind Chacun Pour Soi. Of course, Min could bounce back but at his current price it's a slight leap of faith given how bad his last run was and the age trends going against him.

That leads nicely into Fakir D'oudaries, who ran a big race to finish second behind Chacun Pour Soi in the Dublin Chase. The six-year-old travelled nicely and briefly led before being overtaken by the winner. However, he gamely kept on to the line. 2m4f will suit him nicely, he’s still only six, and is a horse with plenty of improvement still to come. Like Min, the age trends do go against him but with plenty of question marks about others at the front of the market, that form of the Dublin Chase looks like the strongest in the field. He also has solid form at Cheltenham, a narrow second in the Arkle, a fourth in the Supreme and a victory here in January 2019 all show he likes the course and runs well here.

Allaho heads the market but the Ryanair is a different kettle of fish compared to a Grade 2 at Thurles. Fakir D'oudaries’ second in the Dublin Chase reads better.

Melon will be sure to run his race as he always does at Cheltenham, but as usual, he is likely to find one too good. At a bigger price he would be interesting, but 7/1 seems a bit skinny.

Ryanair Chase Prediction

With all this in mind, the 8/1 about Fakir D'oudaries is the route to go down.

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Ryanair Chase Favourite

Willie Mullins’ Allaho is the current 5/1 favourite for the Ryanair Chase, having finished third in last year’s RSA Chase. The Cheveley Park-owned seven-year-old was last seen winning a Grade 2 at Thurles in January and was previously fourth in a strong field for the Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December. 

Last year’s Ryanair Chase winner Min is a close second favourite, priced at 6/1. Another Willie Mullins hopeful, Min was pulled up in the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase last month, but has still been well backed in the last month with 12% of bets on the race.

Northern Trust Handicap Chase winner Imperial Aura (13/2), Mister Fisher (8/1) and Melon (8/1) follow in the market and nine-year-old Melon is actually the most backed for the race in the last month on oddschecker, with 15% of bets.

  • Allaho 5/1
  • Min 6/1
  • Imperial Aura 13/2
  • Mister Fisher 8/1
  • Melon 8/1
  • Fakir D'oudairies 9/1
  • Saint Calvados 10/1
  • Kemboy 10/1



Ryanair Chase Runners 

There are currently 35 entries for the feature race on day three at the Cheltenham Festival, though last year's race ended up with just eight runners so expect far less on the day. The current ante-post betting for the race can be found here.

Ryanair Chase Previous Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey
2020 Min Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2019 Frodon Paul Nicholls Bryony Frost
2018 Balko Des Flos Henry de Bromhead Davy Russell
2017 Un De Sceaux Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2016 Vautour Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2015 Uxizandre Alan King A. P. McCoy
2014 Dynaste David Pipe Tom Scudamore
2013 Cue Card Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard
2012 Riverside Theatre Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
2011 Albertas Run Jonjo O'Neill A. P. McCoy