Cheltenham Ryanair Chase Betting Offers
The Cheltenham Ryanair Chase is one of the most anticipated races at the Cheltenham Festival, and Allaho’s absence means we’re sure to have a new winner this year. Find out the most likely candidates, with our horse-by-horse summary, the Ryanair Chase trends you should be following, plus the best Cheltenham Ryanair Chase betting offers and free bets to help you get the most out of bookmakers’ promos.
Cheltenham Ryanair Chase – What you need to know
Here’s some key facts to get you up to speed on the Ryanair Chase.
How long is the Ryanair Chase, when’s it held and where’s it run?
The Ryanair is one of the most recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival, brought in for 2005 when the event was extended to stretch over four days, and upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2008. The Ryanair is the most valuable race on day three, with the winner receiving in excess of £200,000 and it is scheduled to be run at 2.50pm on Thursday 16th March 2023.
The Ryanair Chase is run over 2 miles 4½ furlongs, making it longer than both the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase, but nearly two miles shorter than the Grand National. Despite the different distances, Conflated, Envoi Allen, Fury Road and Ga Law have been entered in both the Ryanair and the Grand National for 2023.
Cheltenham Ryanair Chase confirmed runners
The confirmed Ryanair Chase runners are becoming clearer by the day, but most bookmakers have actually offered ante-post Ryanair Chase betting odds for months. As of now, the horses below are all expected to line-up at the Cheltenham Festival for the 2023 Ryanair Chase:
- Blue Lord
- Chacun Pour Soi
- Envoi Allen
- French Dynamite
- Fury Road
- Ga Law
- Millers Bank
Some of the potential Ryanair Chase runners above – most notably Conflated – may yet choose to run in a different Cheltenham Festival race. It’s therefore worth keeping an eye on the latest Ryanair runners list and making sure you bet with a bookmaker that offers a Cheltenham Festival Non Runner No Bet promotion.
Cheltenham Ryanair Chase favourites and tips
The main contenders for the Cheltenham Ryanair Chase betting are listed below, alongside their most impressive results to date, their position in last year’s Ryanair Chase, and their current Ryanair betting odds.
|Horse||Most notable results||2022 Ryanair Chase result||2023 Ryanair Chase odds*|
|Shishkin||2023 Ascot Chase winner;|
2021 Arkle winner;
2020 Supreme Novices’ winner
|Did not run||4/5|
|Blue Lord||2023 Dublin Chase winner;|
2022 Irish Arkle winner
|Did not run||5/1|
|Conflated||2022 Savills Chase winner;|
2022 Irish Gold Cup winner
|Janidil||2022 Ryanair Chase runner-up||2nd||7/1|
|Fury Road||2023 Irish Gold Cup 3rd;|
2021 Neville Hotels winner
|Did not run||9/1|
|Envoi Allen||2022 Ladbrokes Champion Chase winner;|
2020 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner
|Did not run||11/1|
|French Dynamite||2022 Paddy Power Gold Cup runner-up||Did not run||14/1|
*All Cheltenham Ryanair Chase odds last updated on 13th March and subject to change.
Shiskin sits at the head of the Ryanair Chase betting, and boasts an excellent Cheltenham Festival record, but there are a number of potential rivals that can’t be discounted. Here we’ll cover the main contenders, to help you top up your knowledge and pick the best Ryanair Chase bets.
If you’re looking for a horse with strong Cheltenham Festival pedigree then Shishkin ticks the boxes, having won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2020 and the Arkle in 2021. There had been some concerns heading into March’s Festival, after being pulled up in last year’s Champion Chase, before finishing 15 lengths adrift of Edwardstone in the Tingle Creek.
The withdrawal of two-time Ryanair winner Allaho left the door open for a new favourite though, and Shishkin duly stepped up, after coming home 16 lengths clear in a mightily impressive Ascot Chase run. That run saw bookmakers scurrying to cut Shishkin’s Ryanair Chase odds from 9/2 to Evens, and he remains the one to beat.
Blue Lord finished third in the Arkle 12 months ago, but it was his impressive performance in the December’s Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase that really turned heads and marked him up as a Ryanair Chase contender. Hopes of challenging Shishkin for favouritism were tempered in February though, after he had to make do with second in the Dublin Chase.
Conflated fell in last year’s Ryanair Chase, and there are significant doubts over whether he’ll contest the race this time round, with the Gold Cup also being considered. He ran well when winning the Savills Chase comfortably in December, but that was over the longer distance of three miles.
Janidil came home a distant second in the 2022 Ryanair Chase, although Allaho’s absence does provide some hope that he can go one better in March. Followed his Ryanair Chase result by falling in the Devenish Chase and then being pulled up in the Punchestown Gold Cup but did bounce back from a 297 day break by winning February’s Red Mills Chase, ahead of Haut En Couleurs.
Cheltenham Ryanair Chase betting offers and free bets
The Ryanair Chase betting was shaken up by the absence of Allaho, but Shishkin is a Cheltenham Festival favourite and will have plenty of support. We’ll be highlighting any race specific offers right here, so check back before the off to get the best Cheltenham Ryanair Chase betting offers and free bets.
New and existing Bet365 customers can get heavily enhanced Cheltenham Festival Super Boosts* on the Champion Hurdle (Constitution Hill at Evens), Champion Chase, Ryanair Chase and Gold Cup.
*Super Boosts are only available to new and eligible customers. Max stake applies, singles only, subject to availability.
Both new and eligible existing Paddy Power customers can benefit from a free bet for any race on Thursday*
*Max free bet varies from £1 – £25 per customer. Applies to any Cheltenham Festival race on Thursday 16th of March. Claim free bet via promo page after 6pm 15th March. Applies to singles and multiples. Must have previously deposited with a debit card, Apple Pay or Paysafe to avail of the offer. T&Cs apply.
Cheltenham Ryanair Chase past winners
Allaho’s hopes of winning a third successive Ryanair Chase have been dashed, to guarantee us a new winner, but who’ll be the one to join the illustrious names below?
- 2022 – Allaho (4/7 fav)
- 2021 – Allaho (3/1 fav)
- 2020 – Min (2/1)
- 2019 – Frodon (9/2)
- 2018 – Balko Des Flos (8/1)
- 2017 – Un De Sceaux (7/4 fav)
- 2016 – Vautour (Evens fav)
- 2015 – Uxizandre (16/1)
- 2014 – Dynaste (3/1 fav)
- 2013 – Cue Card (7/2)
Cheltenham Ryanair Chase betting trends
We all want to get an edge when placing our bets, and one way to do so is by looking at the make-up of past race winners. Here we’ve focused on the last 10 Ryanair Chase winners to see which trends are worth following.
Key Cheltenham Ryanair Chase betting trends
- 10/10 – Had previously run at the Cheltenham Festival
- 9/10 – Had previously won at least five races
- 8/10 – Won at odds of 5/1 or shorter
- 7/10 – Had raced within the last 8 weeks
- 6/10 – Aged exactly 7 years old
- 5/10 – Had won their most recent race
- 5/10 – Won by the favourite
- 5/10 – Trained by Willie Mullins
- 4/10 – Had previously won at the Cheltenham Festival
- 2/10 – Aged exactly 8 years old
- 2/10 – Aged 9 years old or older
It’s clear to see that having previous experience of running at the Cheltenham Festival is crucial, although actually winning there before is of less importance. Favourites and short-priced horses have fared well in recent years, so Shishkin backers will be hoping that particular trend certainly continues.
How to watch and stream the Ryanair Chase
Once you’ve placed your Ryanair Chase bets, you’ll undoubtedly want to find somewhere to watch the drama unfold. ITV is one place to view the action, although the Festival’s later races aren’t included in the coverage. We’d therefore suggest bookmakers’ sites as a handy alternative. Many now provide a free streaming service to their customers, including the possibility of placing bets and cashing out mid-race, so it’s well worth having your login details to hand when the Ryanair Chase gets underway.
Cheltenham Ryanair Chase FAQs
What day is the Ryanair Chase?
The Ryanair Chase takes place on the third day of each Cheltenham Festival. This year it is scheduled to start at 2.50pm on Thursday 16th March 2023.
What is the prize money for the Ryanair Chase?
The Ryanair Chase has one of the largest prize pots at the Cheltenham Festival, with the winner taking home in excess of £211,000 and the runner-up receiving nearly £80,000.
What is the distance of the Ryanair Chase?
The Ryanair Chase is run over a distance of 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 127 yards, with the runners and riders racing a total of 17 fences.