Introduced to the Cheltenham Festival as the Festival Plate in 2005, the Ryanair Chase has become a huge success in the National Hunt calendar as is one of the hottest betting markets over the four days of the Cheltenham Festival.
Run over two miles and five furlongs, the Ryanair Chase is open to horses aged five or older and the line-up in the ante post Ryanair Chase betting market suggests it could be one of the tightest renewals in the Cheltenham Festival betting.
2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander – 4/1 in the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting – won this race in 2009 and the winner has to be of the top quality.
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Unsurprisingly, Paul Nicholls saddles one of the leading contenders and Poquelin, fresh from his Vote AP Gold Cup win at Cheltenham in December, heads the Ryanair Chase betting market at 9/2 after finishing second behind Albertas Run in this race at last year’s Cheltenham Festival.
However just one favourite has won this race in its brief six-year history, although the favourite usually comes from the first four in the betting.
The next three horse in the ante post Ryanair Chase betting are Tranquil Sea (7/1), Riverside Theatre (8/1) and Somersby (10/1).
The two other Gold Cup races that are held at Cheltenham each season, the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Vote AP Gold Cup, are great form guides for this race and Little Josh, the winner of the Paddy Power is a 20/1 chance in the race.
Ante post betting is a great way of taking advantage of the best Ryanair Chase odds in the Cheltenham Festival betting and the Ryanair Chase offers plenty of value.
A £25 stake on Roberto Goldback winning the Ryanair Chase would return £650. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.