Ryanair Chase

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Ryanair Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 2005
Race type Chase
Sponsor Ryanair
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 5f (4,225 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 9 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse £275,000 (2014)
1st: £156,612.50
Ryanair Chase
Light blue, orange star, light blue sleeves, orange stars, light blue cap, orange star Maroon, white star, armlets, white cap Royal blue, white hoop and sleeves
Un De Sceaux Sub Lieutenant Aso

The Ryanair Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

It was one of several new races introduced at the Festival when a fourth day was added to the meeting in 2005. Prior to this there had been a similar event at the Festival called the Cathcart Challenge Cup, but this was restricted to first and second-season chasers only.

The registered (non-sponsored) title of the race is the Festival Trophy, and it was initially classed at Grade 2 level. The inaugural running was sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, and since then it has been backed by Ryanair. The event has held Grade 1 status since 2008.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Albertas Run - 2010, 2011

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Ruby WalshThisthatandtother (2005), Taranis (2007), Vautour (2016), Un De Sceaux (2017)

Leading trainer (2 wins):


2005 Thisthatandtother 9 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2006 Fondmort 10 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2007 Taranis 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Our Vic 10 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2009 Imperial Commander 8 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2010 Albertas Run 9 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2011 Albertas Run 10 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2012 Riverside Theatre 8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Cue Card 7 Joe Tizzard Colin Tizzard
2014 Dynaste 8 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2015 Uxizandre 7 Tony McCoy Alan King
2016 Vautour 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Un de Sceaux 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

See also[edit]