14:50 Cheltenham

Thursday 14 March 2019

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30

    Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Festival Trophy)

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 4f 127y  |   Good to Soft (soft in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:51  |   Winning time: 5m 5.59s
1st
Horse silk
6
711-10
9/2
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost
Led, big jump 12th, headed narrowly 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to regain lead flat, all out near finish op 13/2
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¼
1
911-10
33/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Tracked leaders, disputed lead after 5 out, led narrowly 2 out, soon ridden, headed flat, kept on, held towards finish tchd 25/1
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¾
8
9/2
T: N MeadeJ: S W Flanagan
Tracked leaders on outside, blundered 3 out, driven before next, soon ridden to chase front pair, kept on but no impression flat op 5/1 and tchd 11/2
4th
Horse silk
2 ¼
7
811-10
5/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Tracked leaders, driven and effort before 2 out, ridden and one pace between last 2, no impression in 4th from last op 4/1
5th
Horse silk
3 ¼
12
5/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up mid-division, headway when not much room on inside before 4 out, effort before 2 out, ridden and unable to go with leaders between last 2, well held from last tchd 9/2
6th
Horse silk
5
4
25/1
T: E P HartyJ: M P Walsh
Held up towards rear, driven and outpaced after 3 out, ridden after next, never able to get on terms with leaders op 28/1 and tchd 33/1
7th
Horse silk
9
2
16/1
T: H De BromheadJ: D F O'Regan
Mid-division on outside, outpaced after 3 out, never on terms, weakened next op 20/1
8th
Horse silk
3 ½
5
711-10
7/2f
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Mid-division, steady headway 3 out, shaken up to chase leaders before next, ridden and unable to quicken between last 2, weakened last op 3/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
3
811-10
40/1
T: K C BaileyJ: David Bass
Held up behind, mistake 5th, hit 8th, struggling 11th, lost touch 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before next op 33/1 tchd 50/1
PU
Horse silk
9
66/1
T: H De BromheadJ: J J Slevin
Early reminders, pressed winner, driven and lost place after 5 out, weakened 3 out, behind when pulled up before next
PU
Horse silk
10
611-10
20/1
T: N J HendersonJ: D A Jacob
Mid-division, lost place before 4 out, soon behind and struggling, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out tchd 25/1
PU
Horse silk
11
20/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Held up behind, blundered 5 out, never threatened leaders, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last tchd 25/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£4.80Pl:£1.70, £7.00, £1.70EX:£105.30Trifecta:£497.70Tricast:£712.39SF:£143.44Swingers:£23.00, £5.00, £21.90

Forecasts

Footpad (7/2), Frodon (9/2), Road To Respect (9/2), Monalee (5/1), Un De Sceaux (5/1), Balko Des Flos (16/1), Terrefort (20/1), The Storyteller (20/1), Coney Island (25/1), Aso (33/1), Charbel (40/1), Sub Lieutenant (66/1)

Verdict

FRODON has been in remarkable form around here all season and showed a game attitude when winning the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase here last time out over a trip further than his best. He's only a seven-year-old and has scope for improvement so with the yard flying in recent weeks, he's taken to give Paul Nicholls a third win in the race. Footpad is an interesting runner up in trip and he was only narrowly denied when caught on the line in a Leopardstown Grade 1 last time. Terrefort could be an interesting runner in the same colours, dropped in trip, at a likely bigger price but it's hard to see Un De Sceaux not finishing in the first three given his course form.
  1. Frodon
  2. Footpad
  3. Un De Sceaux

Previous Winners

2018
Balko Des Flos
Weight: 11-10  |Age: 7
8/1

Prize Money

1st: £196,945.002nd: £74,200.003rd: £37,135.004th: £18,550.005th: £9,310.006th: £4,655.007th: £2,310.008th: £1,190.00

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