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2021 Ryanair Chase Tips - Three Horses To Follow

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Ryanair Chase
  • The Ryanair is the second Grade One race day three of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Last year's winner, Min will likely return to defend his crown
  • We pick out three horses to follow who could challenge the favourite on St Patrick's Day
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Samcro (left) could return to Cheltenham for a crack at the Ryanair in March. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for the 2021 Ryanair Chase and pick out three horses to follow who could lift the trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021.

The Ryanair Chase has grown so much in stature during its short history, that many people now consider it to be the fifth Championship race at the Cheltenham Festival. Fans were treated to s superb renewal of the Ryanair in 2020, where Min narrowly held off Saint Calvados and A Plus Tard to claim his first Festival victory.

2021 Ryanair Chase Odds

Best Odds
A Plus Tard16/1
Real Steel16/1
Defi Du Seuil16/1

Min will likely return to Cheltenham to defend his title in March. Despite winning in 2020, I’m not totally convinced that Willie Mullins’ charge really enjoys the track at Cheltenham and I think Min, who will be ten by the time next year’s meeting rolls around, could be vulnerable. Here are three horses to follow who have the quality to win the Ryanair.

2021 Ryanair Chase Tips – Horses To Follow


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I’d all-but written off Samcro when he arrived at Cheltenham last season. Gordon Elliott’s charge had won just one of his seven starts since that runaway Ballymore triumph in 2018, and I hadn’t been that impressed with the performances he’d registered over fences. 

Samcro went on to produce an excellent performance in the Marsh Novices’ Chase, hitting the front coming down the hill before holding off Melon and Faugheen to win a thriller. I think there’s plenty of improvement left to come from Samcro, and his record at the Cheltenham Festival puts him right in the picture for a race like the 2021 Ryanair Chase.

Saint Calvados

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Considering it was just his second start over the distance, I thought Saint Calvados ran a cracker in last year’s Ryanair. Harry Whittington’s stable star, who had travelled well and jumped with fluency at the rear of the field, moved into contention along the inside rail coming down the hill, and had Min within his crosshairs jumping the last.

The winner produced the better jumps, and Saint Calvados was forced to check right to get around the leader. With every stride, Gavin Sheehan’s mount was gaining on leader, but the line arrived for Min just in the nick of time.

At the age of just seven, connections have every reason to think Saint Calvados can find even more progression during the upcoming season. Given a bit of luck and some clear air at the last, Whittington’s charge could have beaten Min, and the team would love to have another cracker at the defending champion at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021.
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Saint Calvados (right) tries to chase down Min (left) in last year's Ryanair.

Fakir D’Oudairies

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I was delighted when Joseph O’Brien sent Fakir D’Oudairies chasing last season. True, O’Brien’s charge had a weight-for-age allowance on his side during the early months of the campaign, but there was no fluke about Fakir D’Oudairies win over Melon on his chasing bow, and he was comprehensively outjumping Samcro in the Drinmore than the latter fell two from home.

Mark Walsh’s mount went down to Notebook over Christmas, where me might have really pushed the winner had he pinged the final couple of flights. Fakir D’Oudairies was then my selections in the Arkle, and was counting my prospective winnings as he approached the second last. Sadly, O’Brien’s five-year-old was slower away from both flights than Irish counterpart Put The Kettle On, and Rachael Blackmore’s mount kept on well to claim victory.

Although he’s a very effective two-miler, stepping up in trip will definitely be the way to go this season. We got a glimpse of what Fakir D’Oudairies could do when he won the Drinmore by 22-lengths, and this talented young chaser – who’s already rated 160 – remains open to further improvement. He could be a popular Cheltenham Festival day three tip by the time March rolls around.

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