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14:30 Cheltenham

Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Festival Trophy) (GBB Race) (Class 1)

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 127y
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £265,000 added
  • Winner: £149,116
  • 2nd: £56,180
  • 3rd: £28,116
  • 4th: £14,045
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 9.40s
  • Off Time: 14:31:21
  • 11 Ran
1
Silk - Red, White sash, Royal Blue cap

Allaho (FR)

50 t D
3/1
  • Form 213-641
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 162

prominent, led 2nd, not fluent 4 out, clear after 3 out, not fluent last, stayed on strongly, impressive

2
Silk - Pink and white (halved), black sleeves, black cap, pink star
  • Form P110-25
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 164

in rear, mistake 6th, last when mistake 8th, soon well behind, pulled up before 12th

4
Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
  • Form 122-2P2
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 162

mid-division, not fluent 5th, hit 10th, headway 4 out, not fluent 3 out, went 3rd final bend, went 2nd after last, no chance with winner, kept on

5
Silk - Red, grey cross belts and sleeves
  • Form 15-2F44
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 157

behind, mistake 10th, remote 7th when not fluent 3 out, left 5th 2 out, tailed off

6
Silk - Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap
8/1
  • Form 221-11U
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 163

chased leaders, slow 4th, lost place 11th, slow and behind next, pulled up before 13th

7
Silk - Purple and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves and cap
25/1
  • Form 285-723
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 159

mid-division on inside, headway 11th, driven into 2nd after 3 out, never got near winner, lost 2nd after last, no extra and soon dropped to 4th

8
Silk - Yellow and black check, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, black star

Melon

39 p
8/1
  • Form 142-335
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 165

chased leaders, lost ground 2nd, struggling 11th, tailed off when mistake 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

9
Silk - Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap

Min (FR)

40 CD
4/1
  • Form 2121-1P
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 168

led until 2nd, chased winner until after 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out

10
Silk - WHITE, RED braces, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE check sleeves, WHITE cap, RED star
8/1
  • Form 2114-P1
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 162

prominent until 2nd, chased leaders, mistake 9th (water), hit 12th, mistake 3 out, soon beaten, pulled up before 2 out

13
Silk - Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap

Samcro (IRE)

80 t CCD
15/2
  • Form 1F21-3P
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 160

chased leaders on outside, lost place after 2nd, pushed along and struggling after 6th, mistake 7th, went right next, soon behind, pulled up before 10th

14
Silk - Emerald green and white diamonds, emerald green cap
  • Form 35-2254
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 162

in rear, pushed along early stages, not fluent 10th, went 6th 12th, went 4th after 3 out, switched right after last, soon went 3rd, no chance with winner but kept on to close on 2nd

3
NR
14/1
  • Form U1-3111
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 162

NonRunner

11
NR
25/1
  • Form 41P6-3P
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 161

NonRunner

12
NR
8/1
  • Form 1422-4U
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 167

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Min beat Saint Calvados a neck in this last year and Paul Townend is back on board for the first time since. He looks to be the pick of his stable’s four runners, despite blundering badly and pulling up at Leopardstown last time, having beaten Tornado Flyer, Melon, Chris's Dream and Allaho in the John Durkan in December. The enigmatic Samcro won the Golden Miller here last year and seeks a third Festival success. Kalashnikov has never won around here but has been unlucky on occasions and found only MISTER FISHER too good in a Grade 2 at the track in December before failing to stay 3m at Newbury. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old has improved since a close-up fourth behind Samcro and Melon last year and might be ready for a first victory in the highest grade. Dashel Drasher has been going from strength-to-strength and Matt Griffiths will be hoping he can get him into a rhythm at the head of affairs while Imperial Aura’s blip at Kempton was uncharacteristic and he was impressive at The Festival last year.

Formwatch

Allaho (FR) 10-11fav (11-5) Prominent, jumped left 1st and led from 2nd, 4 lengths lead 3 out and slight mistake next, pressed and slight mistake last, ridden to assert and kept on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m 4f (1) Soft - Heavy in Jan beating Elimay (11-3) by 3l, 7 ran.

Chris's Dream (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Very poor visibility) tracked leaders, raced keenly, closer in 2nd at 5th, still 2nd when mistake and pushed along 4 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, no extra in moderate 4th before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 22 1/2l behind Min (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f (1) hvy in Dec.

Fakir D'Oudairies (FR) 28-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 2nd after 4 out and headway to challenge 2 out, pushed along and led briefly approaching last, ridden and no impression on winner run-in, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Chacun Pour Soi (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f (1) sft in Feb.

Fanion D'estruval (FR) 10-3 (11-0) In touch on outer, pushed along after 8th, not fluent 4 out, beaten when mistake last, 4th of 6, 15 1/2l behind Sceau Royal (11-0) at Newbury 2m (1) gs in Feb.

Imperial Aura (IRE) Evensfav (11-6) Tracking leader when blundered and unseated rider 2nd, at Kempton 2m 4f (1) gs in Jan.

Kalashnikov (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) In touch, slow 8th and 10th, headway to challenge approaching 4 out, ridden before 3 out, kept on one pace from last, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Secret Investor (11-0) at Newbury 2m 7f (1) gs in Feb.

Melon 7-2 (11-12) Held up early, slight mistake 7th, closer in 3rd halfway, rear after 2 out, ridden and no impression before last, kept on one pace, last of 5, 8 3/4l behind Kemboy (11-12) at Leopardstown 3m (1) sft in Feb.

Min (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Led or disputed lead early, headed 2nd, remained prominent, slight mistake 6th, bad mistake 7th, dropped to rear and pulled up before next, at Leopardstown 2m 1f (1) sft in Feb.

Mister Fisher (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Led, headed before 2nd, chased leader until 8th, mistake 12th, led before 2 out, pressed 150 yards out, stayed on well, in command final 75 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) sft in Dec beating Kalashnikov (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.

Samcro (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and no extra after 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, at Leopardstown 3m (1) Yielding in Dec.

Tornado Flyer (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Towards rear, slight mistake 2nd, in rear 4 out, pushed along 2 out, 4th and ridden early straight, no impression before last, under pressure and kept on one pace run-in, 4th of 6, 15 1/4l behind Chacun Pour Soi (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f (1) sft in Feb.

Dashel Drasher 4-1 (11-7) Led until mistake and headed 1st, chased leader, hit 6th and next, closer and upsides 8th, led approaching 12th, ridden between last 2, over 4 lengths ahead when jumped slowly last, idled badly and edged left run-in, always doing enough, won at Ascot 2m 5f (1) sft in Feb beating Master Tommytucker (11-7) by 2l, 5 ran.

Real Steel (FR) 22-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, hit 10th, headway on inside chasing leaders and pushed along before 3 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before 2 out, at Kempton 3m (1) gs in Dec.

Saint Calvados (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Waited with in rear, blundered and unseated rider 17th, at Sandown 3m (1) hvy in Feb.