|Date||Thursday, March 18, 2021|
|Start Time||14:30 (GMT+0)|
|Where to Watch||Cheltenham live stream at MansionBet|
|Horses’ Age||5+ Years.|
The Ryanair Steeple Chase is a National Hunt race held on Cheltenham Festival’s third day. It’s the featured race of the day and highly anticipated by punters around the world. This Grade 1 steeplechase is run on Cheltenham’s New Course for a generous £350,000 prize purse.
Officially known as the Festival Trophy, the race was first sponsored by the Daily Telegraph. The first was held in 2005 and, back then, it was a Grade 2 event, though it was upgraded to Grade 1 in 2008. Since then, Ryanair has picked up sponsorship duties for the chase.
Ryanair Steeple Chase: Tips and Predictions
Perhaps the most wide open Grade 1 race we will see this week. Min won last year, taking advantage of poor jumping from Saint Calvados late on. The former is a proven top-level performer and joins stablemates Allaho and Melon (second in all four Cheltenham Festival starts) in a mob-handed Willie Mullins quest for four Ryanair Chase wins in six years.
Samcro is 2-2 at this meeting and not overlooked easily but IMPERIAL AURA was a winner here last March as a novice (beating Tuesday’s National Hunt Chase winner Galvin into second) and remains progressive. He was a Grade2 Ascot winner in November and his Kempton unseat in January is easily forgivable. This has long been his target and he goes especially well fresh.
Enda McElhinney‘s Selection:
Ryanair Steeple Chase: Betting OddsRace finished - Check out the latest Horse Racing odds
Ryanair Steeple Chase: Recent Winners
|2020||Min||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins|
|2019||Frodon||Bryony Frost||Paul Nicholls|
|2018||Balko des Flos||Davy Russell||Henry de Bromhead|
|2017||Un de Sceaux||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2016||Vautour||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|