2022 Ryanair Chase Tips

The second Grade One on day three at the Cheltenham Festival is the Ryanair Chase. Although the race was only created in 2005, this two-and-a-half-mile chase has grown so much in stature over the last 15 years, that many consider it to be the unofficial fifth Championship race at the meeting.

2022 Ryanair Chase Key Facts

Date Thursday 17th March, 2022
Time 2:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m 4f
Prize Pool £350k
Age 5YO+

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2022 Ryanair Chase Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2022 Ryanair Chase.

2022 Ryanair Chase Tips

Our guide to the 2022 Ryanair will be published in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival.

2021 Ryanair Chase Result

1st Allaho 3/1f
2nd Fakir D'Oudairies11/2
3rd Tornado Flyer 25/1

Ryanair Chase Day Card

1:20pm Marsh Novices' Chase Grade One 2m 4f
1:55pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Listed Handicap 3m
2:30pm Ryanair Chase Grade One 2m 4f
3:05pm Stayers' Hurdle Grade One 3m
3:40pm Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m 4f
4:15pm Mares' Novices' Hurdle Grade Two 2m 1f
4:50pm Kim Muir Handicap Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 2f

Ryanair Chase History

The Ryanair Chase was added to the Cheltenham Festival fairly recently, with the first edition taking place in 2005. This two-and-a-half-mile chase initially held Grade Two status, before being promoted to a Grade One in 2008.

Thanks to a steady increase in prize money from the sponsors, the Ryanair Chase has steadily grown in stature during it's history. So much so, that many now regard the Ryanair as the unofficial fifth Championship race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Imperial Commander won the Ryanair Chase for Nigel Twiston-Davies in 2009, and went on to win the Gold Cup the following season.

2010 and 2011 saw Albertas Run come out on top, and Jonjo O'Neill's popular chaser remains the only two-time winner of the Ryanair.

Gold Cup winner Paul Nicholls' is the winning-most trainer in Ryanair history, with the last of his three winners coming in 2019 when Frodon scored under Bryony Frost.

Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey, having ridden Nicholls' first two Ryanair winners, before guiding Vautaur and Un De Sceaux to victory in 2016 and 2017.

Colin Tizzard's Cue Card won the Ryanair in 2013. David Pipe and Alan King celebrated victories the following two seasons, with Dynaste and Uxizandre winning in 2014 and '15.

Henry De Bromhead claimed a famous win in 2018 with Balko Des Flos coming out on top. 2020 saw Willie Millins join Paul Nicholls as the top trainer in Ryanair Chase history, as Min came out on top.

Mullins was celebrating again in 2021, as Allaho produced one of the performances of the week to win the Ryanair by 12 lengths.

Ryanair Chase Winners

2021 Allaho
2020 Min
2019 Frodon
2018 Balko Des Flos
2017 Un De Sceaux
2016 Vautour
2015 Uxizandre
2014 Dynaste
2013 Cue Card
2012 Riverside Theatre
2011 Albertas Run
2010 Albertas Run
2009 Our Vic
2008 Taranis
2007 Fondmort
2006 Thisthatandtother

Ryanair Chase FAQs

When is the Ryanair Chase?

The 2022 Ryanair Chase will take place at 2:30pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 18th March.

What is the Ryanair Chase?

The Ryanair Chase is a Group One race staged during the Cheltenham Festival. This race is open to chasers of five-years-old and above, and the trip is 2m 4f.

Who won the Ryanair Chase?

In 2021, Allaho produced one of the best performances of the week to win the Ryanair Chase by 12 lengths.

Who's the favourite for the Ryanair?

No odds are currently available for the 2022 Ryanair Chase.

Where can I watch the Ryanair Chase?

The 2022 Ryanair Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.