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Ryanair Chase Tips 2024 – Is It Envoi Allen’s Race To Lose?

ryanair chase tips

The Ryanair Chase, a Grade One Chase open to horses aged five or older, takes place on the new course covering approximately two-and-a-half miles.

Featuring seventeen fences to conquer, this race provides an opportunity for horses to achieve festival success over a moderate distance.

Success in Grade One races and prior Cheltenham experience are crucial for victory in this prestigious event.

Throughout its history, all fourteen past winners have triumphed over distances of at least two-and-a-half miles, with ten boasting previous Grade One victories.

Typically, the market accurately predicts the winner, with eleven of the last thirteen champions emerging from the top three favourites.

Moreover, eleven out of the last fourteen victors had either won or placed at the Festival before.

Previous Winners of the Ryanair Chase

Runners To Watch

Below are our Ryanair Chase tips and previews for selected runners who hold entries for the race in 2024.

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

BANBRIDGE – JOSEPH O’BRIEN

Banbridge prefers faster ground despite having form on soft. He presents an impressive record, particularly in British races over up to two-and-a-half miles, and at Cheltenham.

Following a solid performance in Kempton’s Grade 2 race this season, he continues to demonstrate progress throughout his career, commanding significant respect in this competitive field.

STAGE STAR – PAUL NICHOLLS

Stage Star is fully effective on soft ground but encountered difficulties in his last outing and pulled-up.

He boasts an impressive record over fences at Cheltenham. With notable victories, including the Turners on this card last year, Stage Star emerges as a strong and progressive front-runner with leading claims, contingent to Paul Nicholls having him back to peak form.

ENVOI ALLEN – HENRY DE BROMHEAD

Envoi Allen, effective on any ground, returns to the track after a close second at Down Royal four months ago.

The winner of this race last year, Envoi Allen has a solid record at the Cheltenham Festival.

Despite reaching double figures in age, he remains a strong contender, challenging the historical trend of veteran horses in the Ryanair.

CONFLATED – GORDON ELLIOTT

Conflated is also versatile in regards to ground conditions. He has faced setbacks in recent Grade 1 races but remains a dual winner at the highest level and finished third in last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.

With a strong performance at Down Royal tying him closely to Envoi Allen, Conflated presents a formidable contender with place possibilities, provided he delivers a clear round.

CAPODANNO – WILLIE MULLINS

Capodanno exhibits versatility in all ground conditions and has shown improvement in his jumping.

Most notably he won the Cotswold Chase over an extended three-miles in his last outing.

While his sole Grade 1 success came over three miles as a novice, his form this season indicates potential, although the drop back in distance may not be ideal.

F’IL DOR – GORDON ELLIOTT

Fil D’or has displayed versatility in varying ground conditions. He has shown promise since returning to chasing, with notable performances at Naas and Cork.

With the potential to excel over this trip and being the youngest horse in the field, he emerges as an intriguing contender with room for further improvement.

AHOY SENOR – LUCINDA RUSSELL

Ahoy Senor was a solid runner-up in the Brown Advisory at this meeting two years ago. He delivered a below-par third in the Ascot Chase last month when deviating from his usual front-running role though over a distance shorter than three miles for the first time since 2021.

However, given his history as a spring horse with dual Grade 1 victories in April, now might be the opportune moment to capitalise on his potential.

Although not infallible in his jumping, Ahoy Senor boasts significant claims based on his peak form.

PROTEKTORAT – DAN SKELTON

Protektorat, known for his front-running ability, has shown improved form since a disappointing run in the Betfair Chase.

With previous respectable performances in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Protektorat possesses the class to play a significant role, provided he handles the drop back in trip.

GA LAW – JAMIE SNOWDEN

Ga Law has as yet to secure victory on ground slower than good to soft in the UK.

He has shown consistency at Cheltenham though but requires a career-best performance to contend in his second Ryanair attempt.

FUGITIF – RICHARD HOBSON

Fugitif, who is adept on any ground, has demonstrated respectable performances at Cheltenham previously.

He possesses useful handicap form over the course and distance. He is likely to perform well in a strongly run scenario.

HITMAN – PAUL NICHOLLS

Hitman, despite a disappointing strike rate, has shown flashes of brilliance, notably finishing third in this contest last year and delivering a strong performance in Newbury’s Grade 2 race last month.

With that effort setting him up well for another attempt at the Ryanair, Hitman remains a contender to watch.

Ticks The Right Boxes?

2024 Ryanair Chase Tips & Key Trends

ENVOI ALLEN has a formidable Cheltenham record and his excellent run at Down Royal back in November showed that he still retains plenty of ability.

He was really unfortunate to get collared by Gerri Colombe in that last race as Rachael looked to have sealed the victory having jumped the last fence in front.

This is more competitive and with plenty of pace on, it should stop him from idling. Henry De Bromhead has his yard in fantastic form and it would be great to see these colours back in the winners’ enclosure.

Fugitif runs very well at this track and landed a Grade 3 here back in December of last year.

He won’t mind the testing ground and could go extremely close for Richard Hobson and Sean Bowen.

Key Trends

  • 5 of the past 8 winners were trained by Willie Mullins
  • The past 10 winners were French-bred
  • All 16 winners (since the race became a Grade 1) had won over a minimum of two-and-a-half miles
  • 17 of the 19 winners were in the top 3 of the betting
  • Horses rated 170+ are 4-6
  • 15 of the 19 winners had won at Cheltenham previously

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

  • Envoi Allen 9/4
  • Banbridge 4/1
  • Stage Star 11/2
  • Capodanno 17/2
  • Conflated 17/2
  • Protektorat 9/1
  • Ahoy Senor 16/1
  • Fugitif 18/1
  • Ga Law 18/1
  • Fil Dor 25/1
  • Hitman 33/1



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