To get you in the mood for the race at Prestbury Park – here’s a run-down of the race.
When is the Ryanair Chase, what’s the distance and which sort of horses can enter?
The 2019 Ryanair Chase will take place on Thursday, March 15 at 14:50 (2:50pm).
It’s a Grade 1 National Hunt chase run over two miles and five furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards.
The New Course is used at the Cheltenham Festival.
Who is running in the race?
There are a few months to go before the race, but is one of the horses who will target the race.
We’ll keep you updated as more contenders emerge over the coming months.
How can I watch the race?
The race will be broadcast live on Racing UK and ITV.
ITV1 is on Sky channel 103 and Virgin channel 103.
You can watch Racing UK on Sky Channel 426 and Virgin Media Channel 536.
Previous Ryanair Chase Winners
- 2018 Shattered Love
- 2017 Un De Sceaux
- 2016 Vautour
- 2015 Uxizandre
- 2014 Dynaste
- 2013 Cue Card
- 2012 Riverside Theatre
- 2011 Albertas Run
- 2010 Albertas Run
- 2009 Imperial Commander
- 2008 Our Vic
What are the latest odds?
It’s early days but Footpad is the early favourite for the race, available around 6-1.
The likes of Min, Balko Des Flos and Monalee aren’t far behind in the betting.
Who won the Ryanair Chase last year?
Shattered Love took last year’s race at 4-1. The mare beat Terrefort into second, with Benatar back in third.
Which jockeys and trainers have won the race the most?
Ruby Walsh has won the race four times with Thisthatandtother (2005), Taranis (2007), Vautour (2016) and Un De Sceaux (2017).
Considering there has only been 12 renewals to date so far, it’s somewhat amazing that five trainers tie for most wins in the contest with two apiece. They are Paul Nicholls (2005, 2007), Jonjo O’Neill (2010, 2011), Nicky Henderson (2006, 2012), David Pipe (2008, 2014) and Willie Mullins (2016, 2017).
What are the top tips for the race?
That’s a good question!
Check back here nearer the time for all the tips.
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