Ryanair Chase

ryanair chase
Introduced 2005
Racecourse Cheltenham, New Course
Race Distance 2 miles & 4 1/2 furlongs
Entry Conditions Horses aged 5 and over
Current Sponsor Ryanair
Date & Time Day 3 / Thursday 18th March 2021 / 14:50
Leading Jockey Ruby Walsh with 4 wins
Leading Trainer Paul Nicholls with 3 wins

The Ryanair Chase takes place at 14:50 on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival.

The race is run on the new course at Cheltenham racecourse over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs.

The Ryanair Chase was introduced in 2005 along with a number of other races when a fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival.

It is also known as the ‘Festival Trophy’ but is now referred to as the Ryanair Chase due to the current sponsors.


Ryanair Chase Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2020 1st Min 9 2-1 W P Mullins P Townend  
  2nd Saint Calvados 7 16-1 H Whittington G Sheehan  Neck
  3rd A Plus Tard 6 7-4f H De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore  1 1/2 lengths
2019 1st Frodon 7 9-2 P F Nicholls B Frost  
  2nd Aso 9 33-1 V Williams C Deutsch 1 1/4 Lengths
  3rd Road To Respect 9-2 N Meade S W Flanagan 1 1/4 Lengths
2018 1st Balko Des Flos 7 8-1 H De Bromhead D N Russell  
  2nd N J Henderson 10 8-11F W P Mullins P Townend 4 1/2 Lengths
  3rd Cloudy Dream 8 10-1 R Jefferson B S Hughes 8 Lengths
2017 1st  Un Des Sceaux 9 7-4F W P Mullins Ruby Walsh  
  2nd Sub Lieutenant 8 8-1 H De Bromhead D J Mullins 1 1/2 Lengths
  3rd Aso 7 40-1 V Williams C Deutsch 6 lengths
2016 1st  Thistlecrack 8 1-1 C L Tizard T Scudamore  
  2nd Alpha Des Obeaux 6 8-1 M F Morris B J Cooper 7 Lengths
  3rd Bobs Worth 11 33-1 N J Henderson D Bass 22 Lengths
2015 1st  Uxizandre 8 3-1 A King A P McCoy  
  2nd Ma Filleule 9 10-1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 5 Lengths
  3rd Don Cossack 7 18-1 G Elliott B J Cooper 3 1/4 Lengths

Ryanair Chase Trends

  • 10 of the last 12 Ryanair Chase winners had won at Cheltenham previously
  • 11 of the last 14 Ryanair Chase winners were priced at 6-1 or less
  • 11 of the last 15 Ryanair Chase winners were either the favourite or 2nd favourite
  • 7 of the last 8 Ryanair Chase winners were 6 or 7 years old

Ryanair Chase Betting Offers

Several bookmakers will be running betting offers for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Some of the most common betting offers you’ll find are best odds guaranteed, extra places, refunds on losing bets and several ‘bet & get’ offers such as ‘Bet £10 on the Ryanair Chase and get a £10 free bet’.

Below you’ll find a list of Ryanair Chase betting offers which we’re expecting for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.