Ryanair Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)

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We look at the Ryanair Chase ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m4½f at Cheltenham during the Cheltenham Festival to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Ryanair Chase.

Ryanair Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cheltenham Festival)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Ryanair Chase Preview

The Ryanair Chase made its debut at the Cheltenham Festival in 2005 and was upgraded to Grade One status in 2008. Run over two miles and five furlongs the Ryanair Chase is seen as an easier alternative to the Gold Cup but has usually attracted high-quality fields.

It can produce future Gold Cup winners, in 2009 Imperial Commander won the Ryanair Chase and followed up in the Gold Cup 12 months later, whilst 2019 winner Frodon went on to win the 2020 King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Below we have previewed the Ryanair trends and statistics, whilst our expert tipsters via the Cheltenham festival tips page will try and point you in the right direction of the winner of the Ryanair Chase. For the best offers for the festival head over to the best bookie for Cheltenham article.

Ryanair Chase Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Cheltenham tips on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners? We cover every race at the Cheltenham Festival and below you can find links to all of the races for each of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

How competitive is the Ryanair Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2022 when the race had an over-round of 109%. The race in 2010 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 120%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Ryanair Chase, the over-round has been 115%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £115 which is bet.

Ryanair Chase Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Ryanair Chase next time out then you would have backed a total of 4 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +4.83. Ahead of the 2025 Ryanair Chase why not head over to the racing predictions for tips on other races today?

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 5:01.10 was set by Uxizandre in 2015, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Alan King and ridden by A P McCoy. The slowest winning time was set in 2018 when Balko Des Flos won in a time of 5:23.60, booked to ride was Davy Russell on this Henry De Bromhead trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Ryanair Chase over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Uxizandre (5:01.10) in 2015
  2. Fondmort (5:03.00) in 2006
  3. Vautour (5:05.50) in 2016
What the expert says...
Uxizandre in 2015 was a shock winner of the Ryanair Chase when winning at 16/1 as was Albertas Run in 2010 when winning at 14/1, however, the winners generally come from towards the top of the market. Seventeen of the nineteen renewals have been won by runners being sent off no bigger than 17/2 and were all within the first three of the market.

Andy Powell - Horse Racing Betting Expert - OLBG.com

Ryanair Chase 24 Jul @ 02:14 - AntePost
Jonbon 5.00
Gaelic Warrior 7.00
Banbridge 9.00
El Fabiolo 9.00
Protektorat 11.00

Ryanair Chase Past Winners

Here are the Ryanair Chase past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Ryanair Chase as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2024
5:21.43
Protektorat (FR)
9yo 11-10 17/2
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2023
5:12.31
Envoi Allen (FR)
9yo 11-10 13/2
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2022
5:09.71
Allaho (FR)
8yo 11-10 4/7F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2021
5:09.40
Allaho (FR)
7yo 11-10 3/1F
Rachael Blackmore
W P Mullins (IRE)
2020
5:19.66
Min (FR)
9yo 11-10 2/1
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2019
5:09.59
Frodon (FR)
7yo 11-10 9/2
Bryony Frost
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2018
5:23.60
Balko Des Flos (FR)
7yo 11-10 8/1
Davy Russell
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2017
5:09.60
Un De Sceaux (FR)
9yo 11-10 7/4F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2016
5:05.50
Vautour (FR)
7yo 11-10 1/1F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2015
5:01.10
Uxizandre (FR)
7yo 11-10 16/1
A P McCoy
Alan King (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Ryanair Chase have been based:

  • GB: 13 winners with an additional 18 placings from 126 runners
  • IRE: 7 winners with an additional 19 placings from 77 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 4 runners

Ryanair Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Ryanair Chase over the last 20 renewals is W P Mullins who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Vautour (2016), Un De Sceaux (2017), Min (2020) and Allaho (2021 & 2022). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Ryanair Chase are Paul Nicholls (3 wins), Nicky Henderson (2 wins), Henry De Bromhead (2 wins), Jonjo O'Neill (2 wins) and David Pipe (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Ryanair Chase trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
W P Mullins26-5-10-12.68-5.50
Paul Nicholls22-3-6-5.50-6.23
Nicky Henderson20-2-6-11.17-8.60
Henry De Bromhead11-2-5+5.50+2.59
Jonjo O'Neill7-2-3+15.00+8.50
David Pipe6-2-3+3.00+1.05
Alan King8-1-3+9.00+4.48
Nigel Twiston-Davies4-1-1+3.00+0.60
Dan Skelton3-1-1+6.50+3.10
Philip Hobbs8-0-1-8.00-5.50

Ryanair Chase Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Ryanair Chase over the last 20 renewals with both Paul Townend and Rachael Blackmore who have both won the race two times. Paul Townend winners have been with Min (2020) and Allaho (2022). Rachael Blackmore winners have been with Allaho (2021) and Envoi Allen (2023).

Here are some of the top Ryanair Chase jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Paul Townend8-2-3-3.43-3.85
Rachael Blackmore5-2-4+6.50+4.09
Harry Skelton3-1-1+6.50+3.10
Paddy Brennan3-1-1+4.00+1.60
Bryony Frost3-1-1+2.50+0.70
Mark Walsh6-0-2-6.00-2.95
Sam Twiston-Davies6-0-0-6.00-6.00
Charlie Deutsch5-0-2-5.00+3.30
Daryl Jacob5-0-0-5.00-5.00
Graham Lee4-0-1-4.00-2.80

Ryanair Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +20.57 is when runners had 1 career start over the trip. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 career place at the track, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-57.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Ryanair Chase is Kempton, there has been a total number of 5 winners of this race who ran at Kempton last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 202 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 5 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Ryanair Chase:

  • Accordion (2 Wins)
  • Kings Theatre (2 Wins)
  • No Risk At All (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Uxizandre in 2015, winning for Alan King at odds of 16/1 under the guidance of A P McCoy. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 7 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Ryanair Chase head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

Schedule for Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival

Prepare for the ROAR of the Cheltenham Festival on the opening day when the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the feature on Tuesday is the Champion Hurdle.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo - 7/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Chianti Classico (IRE)
7yo - 6/1
Kim Bailey
David Bass
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
State Man (FR)
7yo - 2/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
5yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Lark In The Mornin (GER)
4yo - 9/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
J J Slevin
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Corbetts Cross (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival

The dust has settled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and now on to day two. The feature on the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We also have the cross country scheduled on Wednesday, a race like Marmite, some love it and some don't!

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo - 1/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
Fact To File (FR)
7yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Captain Guinness (IRE)
9yo - 17/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Unexpected Party (FR)
9yo - 12/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Jasmin De Vaux (FR)
5yo - 9/2
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Schedule for Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival

Halfway through the festival and onto day three where the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race. A hurdle race to test the stamina and see how can last best up the Cheltenham hill.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Grey Dawning (IRE)
7yo - 5/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Monmiral (FR)
7yo - 25/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Protektorat (FR)
9yo - 17/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Teahupoo (FR)
7yo - 5/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo - 8/1
Ben Pauling
Ben Jones
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Jeremy Scott
Lorcan Williams
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 13/8
Gavin Cromwell
Mr Derek O'Connor

Schedule for Friday at the Cheltenham Festival

The final day of the festival and feature race that we have all been waiting for, the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which the Irish have been fairly dominant in recent years.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Majborough (FR)
4yo - 6/1
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Absurde (FR)
6yo - 12/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Sam Ewing
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
8yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo - 8/1
Fiona Needham
Mr John Dawson
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Limerick Lace (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Gavin Cromwell
Keith Donoghue
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Better Days Ahead (IRE)
6yo - 5/1
Gordon Elliott
Danny Gilligan

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Ryanair Chase Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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