Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy Chase) (Grade 1) 2m 5f
- (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 11 runners)
- Winner £156,612 2nd £58,768 3rd £29,425 4th £14,658 5th £7,370 6th £3,685
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 9.40s
- Off time: 14:40:29
|2nd||6 Hidden Cyclone||2¼||10/1|
|3rd||11 Rajdhani Express||2¼||18/1|
Al Ferof (FR) 33
|9||164 11-10||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||165||5/1|
Benefficient (IRE) 76
|8||164 11-10 h||A J Martin||D N Russell||157||9/2|
Boston Bob (IRE) 47
|9||164 11-10||W P Mullins||R Walsh||154||8/1|
Dynaste (FR) 77
|8||164 11-10||D Pipe||T Scudamore||169||3/1f|
Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 54
|9||164 11-10 p||J J Hanlon||Andrew J McNamara||156||10/1|
Hunt Ball (IRE) 26
|9||164 11-10||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||155||14/1|
Kauto Stone (FR) 26
|8||164 11-10||P F Nicholls||S Twiston-Davies||150||50/1|
Medermit (FR) 26
|10||164 11-10||A King||R Thornton||154||20/1|
Menorah (IRE) 77
|9||164 11-10 p1||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||169||15/2|
Rajdhani Express 117
|7||164 11-10||N J Henderson||Mr S Waley-Cohen||155||18/1|
|9||164 11-10 t||M F Morris||D J Casey||158||20/1|
||9||1110||P R Webber||Non Runner||151||NR|
||7||11-10||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||7/2|
Benefficient beat Dynaste fair and square in a Grade 2 novices' contest over track and trip at last year's Festival and came right back to form in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas when beating Hidden Cyclone. He's a tough campaigner and Tony Martin will have him ready for this. Dynaste was very disappointing in the King George last time and finished a long way behind AL FEROF. The latter clearly didn't get home over 3m at Newbury next time so it's no surprise to see him dropped in distance here and, as a former Festival winner, he gets the nod to come out on top today. Rathlin beat Hidden Cyclone at Galway last summer but was beaten out of sight last time but a fully-fit Menorah would be a threat to all and he makes more appeal than Boston Bob, Hunt Ball and Rajdhani Express, who simply don't look good enough.
Cantlow (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Towards rear, fell 10th, in a race won by Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs, 23 ran.
Dynaste (FR) 10-3fav (11-10) Mid-division, headway 12th, soon chasing leaders, hit 5 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 47l behind Silviniaco Conti (11-10) at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Led until before 2nd, chased leader, not fluent 8th, joined when not fluent 3 out, chased winner before 2 out, ridden and no chance soon after, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan.
Rajdhani Express 8-1 (10-13) In touch, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 5th of 20, 9l behind Johns Spirit (10-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Hunt Ball (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, lost place when not fluent 3rd, hit 9th, closed after 11th, outpaced from 4 out, no impression after hung right before 2 out, plugged on into 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 31l behind Captain Chris (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f chs G1 (1) sft in Feb.
Al Ferof (FR) 5-4fav (11-10) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd 11th, went 2nd after 12th (3 out), ridden and beaten on long run to next, 2nd of 5, 25l behind Harry Topper (11-10) at Newbury 3m chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Boston Bob (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up in last pair, headway after 3 out, close up next, driven and one pace approaching last, weakened and eased soon after, last of 6, 50l behind Knockara Beau (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Rathlin 10-1 (11-10) Held up in 3rd, slight mistake 8th, 4th before 3 out where ridden, kept on one pace, moderate 3rd last, just held 3rd at line, 3rd of 4, 28l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Medermit (FR) 12-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, pushed along 12th, struggling 13th, 5th and well held before 2 out, went 4th latter stages, 4th of 8, 35l behind Captain Chris (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f chs G1 (1) sft in Feb.
Kauto Stone (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Led, not fluent 8th, headed 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 37l behind Captain Chris (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f chs G1 (1) sft in Feb.
Menorah (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, mistake 8th, under pressure 5 out, soon no impression, behind when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Silviniaco Conti (11-10) at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Benefficient (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, closer order 6 out, 4th before straight, gained narrow lead last, drifted left run-in, stayed on well under pressure, reduced lead but holding on close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Dec beating Hidden Cyclone (11-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.