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2024 Ryanair Chase Tips, Odds and News

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.

Ryanair Chase Key Facts

Date Thursday 14th March, 2024
Time 2:50pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 2m 4f
Prize Pool £350k
Age 5YO+

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Ryanair Chase Odds

Ryanair Chase Tips

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

Ryanair Chase Result

1st Envoi Allen 13/2
2nd Shishkin Evensf
3rd Hitman 22/1

Ryanair Chase Day Card

1:30pm Marsh Novices' Chase Grade One 2m 4f
2:10pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Listed Handicap 3m
2:50pm Ryanair Chase Grade One 2m 4f
3:30pm Stayers' Hurdle Grade One 3m
4:10pm Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m 4f
4:50pm Mares' Novices' Hurdle Grade Two 2m 1f
5:30pm 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

2023 Envoi Allen
2022 Allaho
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 2024 Ryanair Chase will take place at 2:50pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 14th 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?

Envoi Allen claimed his third Cheltenham Festival victory in 2023, beating Shishkin in the Ryanair Chase.

Where can I watch the Ryanair Chase?

The 2024 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.