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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 9.40s
  • Off time: 14:40:29
Full result
Result 14:40 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Dynaste 3/1f
2nd 6 Hidden Cyclone 10/1
3rd 11 Rajdhani Express 18/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 43/1-132
YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Al Ferof (FR) 33
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 43/1-132
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 165
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 165 5/1
2 411P-41
Emerald Green and Red stripes, Red sleeves, quartered cap Benefficient (IRE) 76
  • T:A J Martin
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 411P-41
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10h
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 h A J Martin D N Russell 157 9/2
3 11FF-16
Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 47
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 11FF-16
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 154 8/1
5 1121-25
Maroon and Yellow diamonds, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Dynaste (FR) 77
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 1121-25
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 169
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 D Pipe T Scudamore 169 3/1f
6 F-21322
Emerald green and mauve (halved), sleeves reversed, emerald green and mauve quartered cap Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 54
  • T:J J Hanlon
  • J:Andrew J McNamara
  • Form: F-21322
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10p
  • OR: 156
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 p J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 156 10/1
7 3-68693
Red, white hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Hunt Ball (IRE) 26
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 3-68693
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 155 14/1
8 7P-5535
Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 26
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 7P-5535
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 P F Nicholls S Twiston-Davies 150 50/1
9 32234/4
Orange, Black star, Black and Orange striped sleeves Medermit (FR) 26
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 32234/4
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 A King R Thornton 154 20/1
10 13P22-P
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Menorah (IRE) 77
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 13P22-P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10p1
  • OR: 169
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 p1 P J Hobbs R Johnson 169 15/2
11 F1711-5
Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Rajdhani Express 117
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
  • Form: F1711-5
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 155 18/1
12 2-11153
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Rathlin 39
  • T:M F Morris
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: 2-11153
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10t
  • OR: 158
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 t M F Morris D J Casey 158 20/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
4 10-912F
Cantlow (IRE) 2
  • Nag Me
  • T:P R Webber
  • J:Non Runner
  • Form: 10-912F
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 151
  • Naps:
9 1110 P R Webber Non Runner 151 NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Cue Card
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
7 11-10 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 7/2
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In depth

Verdict

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.

Formwatch

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.