Ryanair Chase (registered As The Festival Trophy Chase) (grade 1) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 13 runners)
  • Winner £142,525
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 11.50s
  • Off time: 14:40:27
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Full Result

14:40 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Albertas Run (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 9 11-10 A P McCoy 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leader, led 5th until next, ridden to lead 4 out, driven clear before last, stayed on well £28000-£2000 £10000-£700
2nd 8 Poquelin (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-10 R Walsh 11/4f
SP 11/4f Tracked leaders and travelling well, moving into 2nd when lent left and bumped rival on bend before 2 out, jumped left 2 out stayed on same pace, no impression on winner £15000-£5000 £6000-£2000 £4500-£1500 £2400-£800 £3000-£1000(x5) £2750-£1000 £2200-£800(x2)
3rd nse 13 J'y Vole (FR) W P Mullins 7 11-3 D J Condon 28/1
SP 28/1 Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, pressing for 2nd when held in and bumped on bend before 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner opened 25/1 £25000-£1000
4th 5 4 Deep Purple Evan Williams 9 11-10 Paul Moloney 11/1
SP 11/1 Led until 5th, led 6th until 4 out, relegated to 4th and beaten before 2 out, hit last opened 16/1
5th 6 12 Voy Por Ustedes (FR) A King 9 11-10 b1 R Thornton 10/1
SP 10/1 Mid-division, headway approaching 9th, hit 13th, weakened after 3 out opened 14/1
6th 5 10 Scotsirish (IRE) W P Mullins 9 11-10 P Townend 20/1
SP 20/1 In rear, hit 1st and 9th, progress into 5th after 3 out, no impression £20000-£1000
7th 4 2 Barbers Shop N J Henderson 8 11-10 p B J Geraghty 11/2
SP 11/2 Held up in touch, hit 7th, weakened after 4 out £22000-£4000 £5500-£1000 £2750-£500
8th 5 5 Jack The Giant (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-10 A Tinkler 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, not fluent 8th, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, hit 3 out, soon weakened £30000-£1200
9th 2 11 Tranquil Sea (IRE) E J O'Grady 8 11-10 A J Mcnamara 11/2
SP 11/2 Held up in touch, weakened after 3 out opened 5/1 £50000-£10000 £6500-£1300 £5000-£1000(x2)
10th 6 Petit Robin (FR) N J Henderson 7 11-10 P Carberry 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in rear, hit 10th and 11th, blundered 3 out, never in contention opened 14/1
11th 9 7 Planet of Sound P J Hobbs 8 11-10 R Johnson 11/1
SP 11/1 In rear on outside, headway 8th, lost place when hit 13th, soon behind opened 14/1 touched 10/1 £14000-£1000(x3) £5000-£350 £28000-£2000
PU 3 Barker (IRE) W P Mullins 9 11-10 D J Casey 33/1
SP 33/1 In rear, blundered 4th, struggling when jumped right 13th, behind when jumped right 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
UR 9 Schindlers Hunt (IRE) D T Hughes 10 11-10 P W Flood 12/1
SP 12/1 In touch when blundered 1st, held towards rear, last 10th, blundered and unseated rider 12th £12000-£1000(x2)

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £16.50 Tote Place £3.70,£1.90,£7.80 Straight Forecast £52.09 Exacta £54.40 Trifecta £2276.00 Swingers 1&2:£7.20 2&3:£21.90 1&3:£42.40

Jackpot £269,605.38 carried forward to Cheltenham, 19th Mar
Placepot £1,180.70, Pool: £892566.8, 551.85 winning tickets
Quadpot £21.40, Pool: £48797.25, 1681.47 winning tickets


ALBERTAS RUN gained his second success at the Cheltenham Festival after his RSA Chase win in 2008 and again it came on his favoured good ground. Tony McCoy took up the initiative early and his mount responded around the final turn and up the hill and his pursuers just couldn't go with him. He was cut for the Grand National after this but he looks at home when ridden aggressively over two and a half miles. Poquelin and J'y Vole scrimmaged around the home turn but the places remained unaltered after a stewards' inquiry with Ruby Walsh just getting Paul Nicholls' horse home in second. J'y Vole ran a cracking race under Davy Condon who tried to go up the inside of Walsh but failed in his quest. Jack The Giant ran an eyecatching race after a long absence but tired in the closing stages while Barbers Shop and Planet Of Sound made mistakes. Tranquil Sea never ran his race and probably needs softer ground while the first-time headgear failed to revitalise Voy Por Ustedes. Deep Purple ran well in front for a long way but a late mistake ended his chances.