StevieDay1983 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 One of the new races added when the Festival expanded to four days in 2005 the Ryanair Chase is run over 2 miles 4 1/2 furlongs and of the eighteen runnings so fair It’s Britain that’s had the lions share of victories against the Irish 12 wins to 6, although it is the Irish who have plundered 6 of the last 7. Willie Mullins has trained the most winners in the race with five including the great Allaho for the last two years. Unfortunately, Allaho will be missing this year in his hat trick bid but Mullins still has a leading contender in the shape of Blue Lord who’s won 6 of his 8 starts over the bigger obstacles but flopped when a 1/4 chance at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February coming home 7L second to his stablemate Gentleman De Mee. Blue Lord also has the option of the Champion Chase but with Allaho’s defection could come into the equation now. Nicky Henderson has Shishkin entered here who made a scintillating return to action when a very impressive winner of Ascot’s Betfair Chase at his first attempt at the intermediate trip. He should be hard to beat now back to his best having already won at two Cheltenham Festivals. Only officially rated 6lb behind Shishkin is the Gordon Elliott trained nine year old Conflated who also has a Gold Cup entry and looks like he’s going there. Elliott also has Fury Road here, a consistent nine year old who can appreciate dropping back in trip from running well over three miles this season. Another who had the Ryanair/Gold Cup entries is Henry De Bromhead’s Envoi Allen. He bounced back to form on his re-appearance in November when winning the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal over three miles but flopped badly in the King George VI Chase at Kempton with the tacky ground used as the excuse. Trained by Joseph O’Brien for JP McManus, Fakir D’oudairies was behind Shishkin at Ascot having been a lucky winner at Thurles the time before when Haut En Couleurs handed the race to him with a last fence tumble when two lengths clear. This intermediate trip looks ideal for Paul Nicholls’ Pic D’Orhy who looked good at Kempton in January but he too looks held by Shiskin on Ascot form. The other British challenger with a place chance is Jamie Snowden’s Ga Law who crashed out at the last in the Skybet Handicap Chase last time when in with a chance. He’ll need to take his form to another level to worry the principals mind. Shishkin is officially rated the best of these and with the trip likely to help can take his Cheltenham Festival record to three victories. Punters Lounge Tip: Shishkin @ 6/4 at >Betfred - Click Here To Bet by The Brigadier Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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