Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase is a Grade 1 event, run on Cheltenham’s New Course and it’s runners must jump 17 fences.

The race is one of the newer races at the Festival, having been introduced in 2005 when a fourth day was added. The actual name of the race is the ‘Festival Trophy’, however it has always been run under a sponsors name. The race was initially a Grade 2 race, but was raised to Grade 1 in 2008.

2.50 Ryanair Chase (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Steeplechase Race

Distance: 2m 5f 

Age: 5 year olds +

Weight: 11st 9lb (5 yo) 11st 10lb (6yo+)

Prize Fund: £350,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Thursday 12 March

Cheltenham (New Course) 2.50: Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 5yo+) 2m4½f (ITV)


  • Willie Mullins and Jonjo O’Neill have both trained two winners in the past 10 years, with O’Neill scoring twice with Albertas Run and Mullins having three placed winners


  • 7yo winners: 5
  • 8yo: 2
  • 9yo: 2
  • 10yo: 1

Official Rating

  • Eight winners had a rating of 165 or higher


  • Four favourites have won in the past 10 years – four more were placed
  • Of the non-favourite winners, two returned double-digit SPS, 14/1 and 16/1

Form Pointers

  • Nine winners had won over the distance
  • Eight winners had previously won at Cheltenham, two course-and-distance
  • Eight winners had won a Grade 1 race
  • Seven winners had won at least one race in the same season
  • Five winners had a 50% or better strike rate over the jumps
  • Four winners won last time out, three more were second

Racing Hub Verdict

1 A Plus Tard, 2 Frodon, 3 Min