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  • on 07.03.2012
  • at 09:55 PM
  • by KT

Ryanair Chase Betting Preview & Odds

The Ryanair Chase is a relatively new race to the Cheltenham Festival, with the first running taking place in 2005.

In 2009 the race was upgraded to a Grade 1, and since then the race has attracted a top-class field on every occasion – and the 2012 Ryanair Chase will be no different!

The race is open to horses aged five or older and is run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs.

Alberta’s Run has won the last 2 runnings of the race under AP McCoy, and the Jonjo O’Neill trained runner is around 10/1 to complete the hat-trick in 2012.

Ryanair Chase Trends

  • 5 of 7 winners finished in the first 3 last time (2 exceptions unplaced in King George).
  • 7 of 7 winners had won at Cheltenham before.
  • 6 of 7 winners had won a graded chase at Cheltenham (exception was placed).
  • 7 of 7 winners had between 2 and 4 runs that season.
  • 7 of 7 winners had won a graded race.
  • 7 of 7 winners were officially rated 152 or over.
  • 6 of 7 winners (last 6) had won over 2m 5f or further.

Ryanair Chase Odds

Ryanair Chase Tips

One stat worth taking note of is that no Irish-trained horse has managed to bag the Ryanair Chase as yet. This year however the betting is headed up by 2 Irish horses in Rubi Light and Noble Prince.

Previous form at Prestbury Park seems to be important judging by previous winners, and horses with good experience over the trip must be given serious consideration. With that Medermit’s 2nd off 157 in December, and the fact that the grey finished 2nd in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on his Cheltenham Festival debut means that the horse has a good a chance as any at around 8/1.

Last year’s Arkle winner Captain Chris has been hit and since then, with his last three runs have seen him unseat his rider, finishing a credible 3rd behind Kauto Star and Long Run in the King George, and the pulling up last time out. He may well be aimed at the Gold Cup, but with all the bookies now going NRNB he may be worth a small each-way bet at around 20/1 here.

Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Great Endeavour is an interesting runner, given that the race has been such a big trial race for the Ryanair Chase (one win and four placings). But on it’s last run, in the December Gold Cup, the horse finished way behind a number of other runners entered in this race so who knows which horse will turn up on the day!

Other Cheltenham Festival Race Previews

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle »
Arkle Chase »
*Champion Hurdle »

Day 2 (Wednesday)

RSA Chase »
*Queen Mother Champion Chase »

Day 3 (Thursday)

*Ladbrokes World Hurdle »

Day 4 (Friday)

*Cheltenham Gold Cup »

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