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Grade 1, Cheltenham 14:50
£350,000 added,
5yo plus,
2m 4f 166y, Class 1  
Thursday 14th March 2019

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 Festival™ presented by Magners, St Patrick's Thursday, March 14.

Waiting Patiently
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Waiting Patiently
 
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.

Trainers Quotes

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 PhotoFootpad, 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.

Kemboy
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Kemboy
 
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 Festival™ 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.
 

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 2018 RSA Insurance Novices' Chase runner-up Monalee, 2018 Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase third Petit Mouchoir and 2018 Ryanair Chase fourth Sub Lieutenant.

Aso
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Aso
 
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."

Top Notch
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Top Notch

Nicky Henderson’s Top Notch powered home by 5l in the 32Red Casino Chase at Kempton on January 12.

The eight-year-old not only has a cracking record at the Festival. He’s also as game as they come and regularly puts in rock solid performances in Graded company.

Ladbrokes traders go 12/1 about him landing the Ryanair, a price which is likely to shorten if potential rivals target other races. Charbel, on the other hand, has been eased out to 20/1 from 12s.

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Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
£350,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f 166y, Class 1
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

RYANAIR CHASE - Past Results

2018-WINNER-BALKO DES FLOS 7-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Henry de Bromhead IRE; Jockey-Davy
Russell; SP-8/1
2ND-Un De Sceaux 10-11-10 Owner-Edward O’Connell; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-8/11 Fav
3RD-Cloudy Dream 8-11-10 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Ruth Jefferson; Jockey-Brian Hughes; SP-10/1
6 ran, Time-5m 23.60s Dist-4½, 8

2017-WINNER-UN DE SCEAUX 9-11-10 Owner-Edward O’Connell; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Sub Lieutenant 8-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Henry de Bromhead IRE; Jockey-David Mullins; SP-8/1
3RD-Aso 7-11-10 Owner-The Bellamy Partnership; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Charlie Deutsch; SP-40/1
8 ran, Time-5m 9.60s Dist-11⁄2, 6

2016-WINNER-VAUTOUR 7-11-10 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-Evs Fav
2ND-Valseur Lido 7-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-David Mullins; SP-11/1
3RD-Road To Riches 9-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-7/1
15 ran, Time-5m 5.50s Dist-6, 1⁄2

2015-WINNER-UXIZANDRE 7-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey- A P McCoy; SP-16/1
2ND-Ma Filleule 7-11-03 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-5/1
3RD-Don Cossack 8-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-5/2 Fav
14 ran, Time-5m 1.10s Dist-5, 3¼

2014-WINNER-DYNASTE 8-11-10 Owner-John White; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-3/1 Fav
2ND-Hidden Cyclone 9-11-10 Owner-David & Mrs A F Mee; Trainer-John Hanlon IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-10/1
3RD-Rajdhani Express 7-11-10 Owner-Robert Waley-Cohen; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mr Sam Waley-Cohen; SP-18/1
11 ran, Time-5m 9.13s Dist-21⁄4, 21⁄4

2013-WINNER-CUE CARD 7-11-10 Owner-Jean Bishop; Trainer-Colin Tizzard; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-7/2
2ND-First Lieutenant 8-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-2/1Fav
3RD-For Non Stop 8-11-10 Owner-Potensis Limited & Chris Giles; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-12/1
8 ran, Time-5m 19.30s Dist-9, 31⁄4

2012-WINNER-RIVERSIDE THEATRE 8-11-10 Owner-Jimmy Nesbitt Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Albertas Run 11-11-10 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-10/1
3RD-Medermit 7-11-10 Owner-The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-8/1
12 ran, Time-5m 9.69s Dist- ½, ½

2011-WINNER-ALBERTAS RUN 10-11-10 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-AP McCoy; SP-6/1
2ND-Kalahari King 10-11-10 Owner- Juliet Morgan; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-7/1 3RD-Rubi Light 6-11-10 Owner-Bill Hennessy; Trainer-Robbie Hennessy IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-16/1
11 ran, Time-5m 7.30s 2/1 Fav Poquelin (4th)

2010-WINNER-ALBERTAS RUN 9-11-10 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-14/1
2ND-Poquelin 7-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/4 Fav
3RD-J’y Vole 7-11-03 Owner-Hammer & Trowell Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-28/1
13 ran, Time-5m 11.63s Dist-4.5, nse

2009-WINNER-IMPERIAL COMMANDER 8-11-10 Owner-Our Friends In The North; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-6/1
2ND-Voy Por Ustedes 8-11-10 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-4/5 Fav
3RD-Schindlers Hunt 9-11-10 Owner-Slaneyville Syndicate; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Paddy Flood; SP-22/1
10 ran, Time-5m 18.34s Dist-2, 0.75

2008-WINNER-OUR VIC 10-11-10 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-4/1
2ND-Mossbank 8-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Michael Hourigan IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-4/1
3RD-Turko 6-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/1
9 ran, Time-5m 10.24s Dist-5, 7 100/30 Fav The Listener (5th)

2007-WINNER-TARANIS 6-11-00 Owner-Mrs A B Yeoman & C R Whittaker; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-9/2
2ND–Our Vic 9-11-05 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-7/2
3RD–Billyvoddan 8-11-00 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
9 ran, Time-5m 10.60s Dist-nk, ½ 7/4 Fav Monet’s Garden (4th)

2006-WINNER-FONDMORT 10-11-00 Owner-Bill Brown; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerlad; SP-100/30 Jt Fav
2ND-Lacdoudal 7-11-00 Owner-Carol Skan; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
3RD-Impek Owner-Jim Lewis; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-100/30 Jt Fav
11 ran, Time-5m 3.00s Dist-1¼, hd

2005-WINNER-THISTHATANDTOTHER 9-11-03 Owner-Graham Roach; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh;
SP-9/2
2ND-Fondmort 9-11-00 Owner-Bill Brown; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-9/1
3RD-Rathgar Beau 9-11-03 Owner-One-O-Eight Racing Club; Trainer-Eamon Sheehy IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-9/2
12 ran, Time-5m 11.90s Dist: ½, 2½ 7/4 Fav Our Vic (PU)

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