The Ryanair Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase which is ran on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival. The race is run on Cheltenham’s New Course and it’s runners must jump seventeen fences.
The race is one of the newer races at the Festival, having been introduced in 2005 when a fourth day was added to the Festival. 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, however it was upgraded to a Grade 1 in 2008.
In its short history the race has been won by some high profile names such as Cue Card, Dynaste & Vautour. AP McCoy is the most successful jockey in the race having won it 3 times, whilst 4 trainers have all won it twice.
Ryanair Chase Profile
Type: Grade 1 Steeplechase Race
Distance: 2m 5f (4,225m)
Age: 5 year olds +
Weight: 11st 9lb (5 yo) 11st 10lb (6yo+)
Prize Fund: £300,000