Tips For The Ryanair Chase 2022 – Will The Odds On Favourite Win?

Ryanair Chase Tips

The Ryanair Chase is a Grade One Chase open to horses aged five or older. It is run on the new course over a distance of around two-and-a-half-miles.

There are seventeen fences to be jumped and it offers horses an opportunity to gain a top level festival success over a mid-range trip.

Proven Grade One form is required to win this, as is previous Cheltenham form.

Since its inception, all fourteen previous winners had won over a trip of at least two-and-a-half miles, with ten of those winners already having won a Grade One.

The market usually finds the winner of the race quite well with eleven of the last thirteen winners coming from one of the front three in the betting market on the day.

Eleven out of the last fourteen winners had won or been placed at the Festival previously.

Previous Winners of the Ryanair Chase

Runners To Watch

Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Ryanair Chase 2022.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.


Allaho won this race doing cartwheels last season pulling some twelve lengths clear of Fakir D’Oudaries and he clocked up a good time.

He is unbeaten at this trip this season, although it was fairly workmanlike in the Grade 1 John Durkan after seven-month break.

He came back to his best in a Grade 2 at Thurles in January and should now be cherry ripe in regards to his fitness and should prove a tough nut to crack.


Conflated’s first three chase wins came over two-and-a-half miles at Navan, including a Grade B handicap in December before causing a huge upset in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last month.

Davy Russell made the best use of this horse’s speed last time and he looked like winning by further approaching the last, so returning to this trip rather than tackling the Gold Cup makes sense.

Conflated needs to improve almost a stone or so to match Allaho’s, but is less exposed than many of his rivals.


Shan Blue has not been seen since falling heavily three out in Charlie Hall Chase in October, when 20l clear and with the race at his mercy.

His injury has kept him off since, but this normally excellent jumper is a fascinating contender and could well be a likely thorn in Allaho’s side from a pace perspective.

Shan Blue is a proven Grade 1 winner at three miles, but races enthusiastically so a drop to this sort of trip may prove ideal.


Eldorado Allen was a well-held second to Shishkin in the Arkle last year.

Has improved for going up in trip this season and he ran Mister Fisher close in Grade 2 at Kempton in January.

He then took a couple of notable scalps in the Denman Chase at Newbury including Royal Pagaille and Clan Des Obeaux last month.


Janidil burst onto the scene when winning Grade 1 novice at Fairyhouse back in April and put up a career best when giving Allaho a fright in the John Durkan at Punchestown in December.

He has shaped with promise over three miles the last twice, while suggesting that trip is a little too far for him.

He is worthy of his place in the line-up Grade 1 and under these conditions he may prove Allaho’s biggest threat once more.


Melon has been runner-up in Grade 1s at four successive Cheltenham Festivals before pulling up behind Allaho in this race last year.

He was beaten just over five lengths in the John Durkan and his fourth to Galvin in the Savills shows he retains his ability.

That is evidently not quite enough against the very best and he may have to settle for a minor role if getting around this year.

Ticks The Right Boxes?

2022 Ryanair Chase Tips & Key Trends

ALLAHO should make a bold attempt to defend his crown here given that he did it so easily last year.

Shan Blue has to get over a heavy fall from last time, but he is an intriguing runner here all the same.

Melon and Janidil have had easier opportunities than this and it is hard to know what to make of Eldorado Allen’s win at Newbury last time.

Conflated looks like giving the selection most to do as he now looks a reformed character this year and interesting that connections have kept him for this rather than going for the Gold Cup.

Key Trends

  • Willie Mullins has won this prize four times in the last six years
  • The last 8 winners were all French-bred
  • Horses rated 170+ have won 3 of the last 4 renewals

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

  • 8/13 Allaho
  • 6/1 Conflated
  • 8/1 Shan Blue
  • 12/1 Eldorado Allen
  • 12/1 Janidil
  • 25/1 Mister Fisher
  • 25/1 Saint Calvados
  • 40/1 Fanion D’Estruval


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