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    The Road to the 2019 Ryanair Chase


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    Shaping up into a really hot race with the likelihood that Altior scares them all off in the Champion.

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    Jefferson's are shitters
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    Quote Originally Posted by granger View Post
    Jefferson's are shitters
    Go easy on Malcolm. He died last year!

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    Good cup is there for the winning
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    Entries for Ryanair Chase

    Record number of Irish entries in Ryanair Chase

    Northern chasing star Waiting Patiently is among 44 entries, including a record 29 from Ireland, for the £350,000 G1 Ryanair Chase over an extended two and a half miles of the New Course at Cheltenham on day three of The Festivalô presented by Magners, St Patrick's Thursday, March 14.

    Waiting Patiently, trained by Yorkshire-based Ruth Jefferson who had the 2018 Ryanair Chase third Cloudy Dream, has won six of his seven starts over fences, with his most notable success coming in the G1 Ascot Chase at Ascot in February.

    The lightly-raced eight-year-old, owned by Richard Collins, met his first defeat over fences last time out when hampered and unseating regular partner Brian Hughes at the ninth fence in the G1 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on December 26.
    10-time champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls has two leading contenders in Frodon and Politologue, who is also entered in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. Frodon has taken his form to a new level this season, winning the G2 Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree and the G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup for the second time at The International in December.

    13 of the record 29 Irish-trained entries are from the stable of Willie Mullins, Ireland's champion Jump trainer. The pick of the Mullins' contenders are Al Boum Photo, Footpad, impressive G1 Savills Chase victor Kemboy, 2017 winner Un De Sceaux, who was also second last year, and Min, who proved himself over two and a half miles with a decisive success in the G1 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December.

    Fellow Irish training behemoth Gordon Elliott's has six contenders including Shattered Love and The Storyteller, both of whom were successful over course and distance at The Festivalô presented by Magners in 2018 - Shattered Love impressed when taking the G1 JLT Novices' Chase, while The Storyteller captured the G3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase.

    G1 Ryanair Chase
    Grade 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.50pm, Cheltenham, Thursday, March 14, 2019, two miles & five furlongs (2m 4f 166y). For 5yo+ who are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including the day prior to confirmation - horses who are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered & such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including the day prior to confirmation would merit a minimum rating of 130 (the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final). Weights: 5-y-o 11st 9lb, 6-y-o and upwards 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Entries closed January 8, entries revealed January 10 (44 entries), scratchings deadline February 12, £17,500 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage March 8. Final 48-hour declaration stage, 10.00am, March 12. Maximum number of runners - 24.

    Horse Age Owner Trainer
    A TOI PHIL (FR) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR) 9 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
    ACTIVIAL (FR) 9 Roger Brookhouse Tom George
    AL BOUM PHOTO (FR) 7 Mrs J Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE
    ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    ASO (FR) 9 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
    BACHASSON (FR) 8 Edward O'Connell Willie Mullins IRE
    BALKO DES FLOS (FR) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
    BELLSHILL (IRE) 9 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
    BLACK HERCULES (IRE) 10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
    CASTLEGRACE PADDY (IRE) 8 Clipper Logistics Group Ltd Pat Fahy IRE
    CHARBEL (IRE) 8 Julie and David Martin Kim Bailey
    CONEY ISLAND (IRE) 8 J P McManus Eddie Harty IRE
    DOCTOR PHOENIX (IRE) 11 Nick Bradley Racing Club Gordon Elliott IRE
    FOOTPAD (FR) 7 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE
    FOX NORTON (FR) 9 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Colin Tizzard
    FRODON (FR) 7 P J Vogt Paul Nicholls
    HELL'S KITCHEN 8 J P McManus Harry Fry
    INVITATION ONLY (IRE) 8 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
    JANIKA (FR) 6 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
    KEMBOY (FR) 7 Supreme Racing/Brett Graham/Ken Sharp Willie Mullins IRE
    KILLULTAGH VIC (IRE) 10 Rose Boyd/B Anderson/Mrs M Armstrong Willie Mullins IRE
    MIN (FR) 8 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
    MISTER WHITAKER (IRE) 7 Tim Radford Mick Channon
    MONALEE (IRE) 8 Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
    OUTLANDER (IRE) 11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
    POLITOLOGUE (FR) 8 John Hales Paul Nicholls
    ROAD TO RESPECT (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
    SAINT CALVADOS (FR) 6 Kate & Andrew Brooks Harry Whittington
    SHATTERED LOVE (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
    SIZING JOHN 9 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
    SNOW FALCON (IRE) 9 Patricia Hunt Noel Meade IRE
    SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
    TERREFORT (FR) 6 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
    THE STORYTELLER (IRE) 8 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE
    TOP NOTCH (FR) 8 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
    TOTAL RECALL (IRE) 10 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
    TOUT EST PERMIS (FR) 6 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
    UN DE SCEAUX (FR) 11 Edward O'Connell Willie Mullins IRE
    VALTOR (FR) 10 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
    WAITING PATIENTLY (IRE) 8 Richard Collins Ruth Jefferson
    WILLIE BOY (IRE) 8 Kate & Andrew Brooks Charlie Longsdon
    YORKHILL (IRE) 9 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE

    44 entries
    29 Irish-trained
    Breakdown of Ryanair Chase Entries by Trainer

    13 entries
    Willie Mullins IRE - Acapella Bourgeois, Al Boum Photo, Bachasson, Bellshill, Black Hercules, Footpad, Invitation Only, Kemboy, Killultagh Vic, Min, Total Recall, Un De Sceaux, Yorkhill

    6 entries
    Gordon Elliott IRE - A Toi Phil, Alpha Des Obeaux, Doctor Phoenix, Outlander, Shattered Love, The Storyteller

    4 entries
    Henry de Bromhead IRE - Balko Des Flos, Monalee, Petit Mouchoir, Sub Lieutenant
    Nicky Henderson - Janika, Terrefort, Top Notch, Valtor

    3 entries
    Noel Meade IRE - Road To Respect, Snow Falcon, Tout Est Permis

    2 entries
    Paul Nicholls - Frodon, Politologue

    1 entry
    Kim Bailey - Charbel
    Mick Channon - Mister Whitaker
    Pat Fahy IRE - Castlegrace Paddy
    Harry Fry - Hell's Kitchen
    Tom George - Activial
    Jessica Harrington IRE - Sizing John
    Eddie Harty IRE - Coney Island
    Ruth Jefferson - Waiting Patiently
    Charlie Longsdon - Willie Boy
    Colin Tizzard - Fox Norton
    Harry Whittington - Saint Calvados
    Venetia Williams - Aso





    Henry de Bromhead saddled the latest Irish winner of the Ryanair Chase in 2018 with Balko Des Flos, who triumphed by four and a half lengths under Davy Russell, but has yet to hit top form in three runs so far his season. The trainer has also entered 2018RSA Insurance Novices' Chase runner-up Monalee, 2018 Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase third Petit Mouchoir and 2018 Ryanair Chase fourth Sub Lieutenant.

    Venetia Williams, who trains in Herefordshire, is hoping Aso can improve on his third behind Un De Sceaux in the 2017 Ryanair Chase.

    Now a nine-year-old, Aso has only been lightly-raced since due to injury, but has returned as good as ever this season.

    He routed the opposition by 13 lengths in a two and a half-mile handicap chase at Newbury on November 30 and defied top-weight to win the G3 Download The Betbright App Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, taking his rating to a career-high 163.

    Williams said: "Aso has come out of his win at Cheltenham in good form.

    "The Ryanair Chase is the target. He deserves his place in the race and it was a great performance to finish third in the Ryanair a couple of seasons ago and that is again where we will go.

    "He will have possibly have one or even two runs before The Festival. We could take him back to Cheltenham for Festival Trials Day (January 26) or go to Ascot for the G1 Ascot Chase (February 16).

    "Aso has now got another string to his bow as by accident, he made much of the running on his last two starts and he did it very well. We used to think he is a horse that needed holding on to, but that is not the case anymore."

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    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    I love Politologue but he’s one to oppose at Cheltenham. His course form:
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    Monalee folks
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    Monalee all the way (although will probably end up backing Top Notch as well.)

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    Monalee to be the Imperial Commander of this generation
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    He deserves it , has a great attitude.
    Vautour's win one of the most visually impressive chase wins you could wish to see.

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    I’ve followed racing for nearly 30 years now, and Vautour is the only horse who makes me feel me melancholy, when I think about him.

    Maybe I’m going weird.
    "Beat the price and lose. It's what we do".

    SlimChance, March 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grasshopper View Post
    I’ve followed racing for nearly 30 years now, and Vautour is the only horse who makes me feel me melancholy, when I think about him.

    Maybe I’m going weird.
    Compared to the Fly let's say, Vautour left us wanting more and never fully got the chance to take greatness by the hoof
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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    Cyrname doesn't hold an entry for this. He jumped just like his dad on Saturday

    He seems to prefer going right handed but is a very interesting horse now.

    Looks like Ascot next
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

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