Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt Chase which is hosted annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse as part of the Cheltenham Festival. The race covers 2 miles and 5 furlongs and includes a whopping 17 fences. This event is run on Cheltenham's New Course and is open to horses over the age of five years.

When the Cheltenham Festival was extended to a four day event in 2005, the Ryanair Chase was introduced to the UK National Hunt calendar as one of the new races invented to fill the race card of the final day. There had been a similarly structured event before 2005, the Cathcart Challenge Cup; however, it was restricted to horses running in their first and second season only. The Ryanair Chase is one of the youngest Grade 1 event running in the United Kingdom.

The Ryanair Chase is registered as the Festival Trophy but has been referred to by its sponsorship name since its first running and was upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2008. The most successful horse in the history of the race is Albertas Run who won the race in 2010 and 2011. Both Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy have ridden the winner of the race on two occasions while trainers Paul Nicholls, Jonjo O’Neill and Nicky Henderson have all won the race twice.

Recent Winners Of The Ryanair Chase:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2012

Riverside Theatre

8

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

2011

Albertas Run

10

Tony McCoy

Jonjo O'Neill

2010

Albertas Run

9

Tony McCoy

Jonjo O'Neill

2009

Imperial Commander

8

Paddy Brennan

Nigel Twiston-Davies

2008

Our Vic

10

Timmy Murphy

David Pipe

2007

Taranis

6

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2006

Fondmort

10

Mick Fitzgerald

Nicky Henderson

2005

Thisthatandtheother

9

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls