Ryanair Chase - Thursday March 18th 2010 

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Albertas Run Flies Home in Ryanair Chase

1 Albertas Run 14/1
2 Poquelin 11/4 Fav
3 J'y Vole 28/1
13 ran

Albertas Run

Albertas Run
Albertas Run, winner of the 2008 RSA Chase, came back for another slice of Grade One Festival glory when landing the Ryanair Chase.

Tony McCoy rode the nine-year-old to victory wearing the colours of Trevor Hemmings and for the stable of Jonjo O’Neill.

The winning trainer, celebrating his 17th Festival triumph, said: “The ground is right for him - it’s so important - and the trip suited him. He’s a very good horse on his day. He’d have won a King George VI Chase if it hadn’t been for Kauto Star, and then he’d have been a real hero.

“We were very pleased with his work and prep at home, and Dougie Costello, who rode him at Ascot [on his previous outing when second to the remarkable veteran Monet’s Garden] said ‘I really could have done with going faster on him’. That wasn’t Dougie’s fault because he was riding to instructions, but we knew the horse was in good order.

“A good gallop all the way was fine today. When you’ve got AP and Ruby up there in front they go a good gallop and not silly.

“He’s in the [John Smith’s] Grand National, and will probably run at Aintree, but in which race I’m not sure. I’ll talk to Michael Meagher [Hemmings’ racing manager] and Trevor and we’ll see how the horse comes out of today’s race.”

Michael Meagher, representing the owner who was not able to attend today because of a foot problem, said: “Albertas Run was absolutely brilliant today, and he had good horses in behind. To have a winner here and at Aintree is what the game is all about. He’s in the National, but we’ll think about that some other day.”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Albertas Run
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 10lbs
14 - 1
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 10lbs
11 - 4
4 1/2 lengths
J'y Vole
W P Mullins
D J Condon
11st 3lbs
28 - 1
Deep Purple
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
11st 10lbs
11 - 1
5 lengths
Voy Por Ustedes
A King
R Thornton
11st 10lbs
9 - 1
6 lengths
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
11st 10lbs
20 - 1
5 lengths
Barbers Shop
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 10lbs
11 - 2
4 lengths
Jack The Giant
N J Henderson
A Tinkler
11st 10lbs
25 - 1
5 lengths
Tranquil Sea
E J O'Grady
A J McNamara
11st 10lbs
11 - 2
2 lengths
Petit Robin
N J Henderson
P Carberry
11st 10lbs
16 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Planet Of Sound
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 10lbs
11 - 1
9 lengths
W P Mullins
D J Casey
11st 10lbs
33 - 1
Unseated Rider
Schindlers Hunt
D T Hughes
P W Flood
11st 10lbs
12 - 1



Tony McCoy put up a masterful performance on 14/1 chance Albertas Run, going for home from the top of the hill and holding on to his lead by four and a half lengths from 11/4 favourite Poquelin.

The 14-time champion jockey moved onto 23 Festival successes after his second success of the 2010 meeting, following on from winning the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle on the opening day on Binocular.

McCoy had a crashing fall in the first race when Jered came down at the first hurdle but bounced back.

McCoy said: “I must admit when I was on the ground the pain threshold was testing me to the limit.

“I had a nice ride on Albertas Run who won the RSA Chase a couple of years ago and I am delighted for Trevor (Hemmings the owner) who is not here because he has had a bit of problem with his foot.

“Jonjo (O’Neill - the trainer) and I asked Trevor if we could run in the Ryanair Chase rather than the Gold Cup because we thought he had a good chance.

“Trevor, being the man he is, was all on for it as long as I rode Albertas Run. I am delighted for Jonjo as well.

“I hope Trevor’s foot is sore after jumping up and down from this win!”

O’Neill added: “ A P (McCoy) is a very special fellow. There is no better man to ride a horse. He has got a few stitches but he will be all right - he is a magic man.”



Poquelin became the third straight favourite to be beaten on the third day of The Festival, when the 11/4 market leader went down by four and a half lengths to Albertas Run in the Ryanair Chase.

Owner Andy Stewart and trainer Paul Nicholls rushed off immediately afterwards to saddle their Ladbrokes World Hurdle hope Big Buck’s, with Stewart stopping briefly to state that he was philosophical in defeat.

“Disappointment? No, not at all. It’s horse racing, you come second, beaten by a Royal & Sun Alliance winner, and he didn’t just beat us, he won it very convincingly.

“The favourites can’t win all the time. That’s racing and I think it’s great,” he said.

The stewards looked into interference between the second and third but left the placings unaltered



The Willie Mullins-trained J’Y Vole had a troubled passage in the Ryanair Chase but still finished a good third behind Albertas Run for owners the Hammer & Trowel Syndicate, who won Tuesday’s David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle with Quevega.

“Quevega was our banker for the week but we had a bit each way on J’Y Vole at 28s,” said Ger O’Brien, representing the owners.

“It was an awful pity what happened on the home turn because at that stage she seemed to be travelling the best. She jumped super and was bang in the mix going for home. I don’t think we’d have beaten McCoy (on Albertas Run) but we should have been second.”

Evan Williams, trainer of fourth-placed Deep Purple, said: “Our plan was always to go straight to Aintree but we decided to come here when he got his ground.

“In hindsight it might have been better if I’d waited but he’s run a blinder and deserves to win a Grade 1. We’ll have to see how he comes out of this and it’s weather dependant if he goes to Aintree.”


RYANAIR CHASE - Past Results

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;
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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