Ryanair Chase - Thursday March 15th 2012 

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Albertas Run Heads 17 Possibles for Ryanair

Dual winner Albertas Run heads the 17 remaining entries for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on March 15.

Albertas Run

Albertas Run

Jonjo O'Neill's gelding has won the last two renewals of the two-mile-five-furlong Grade One prize and could bid for a hat-trick in 2012. He has been taken out of the Gold Cup at the previous confirmation stage, leaving the Ryanair as his only option.

Last season's Jewson Novices' Chase winner Noble Prince heads the ante-post lists for Paul Nolan, who is hoping for improvement in his charge, following his disappointing run at Fairyhouse on January 22.

Davy Russell is set for the ride on Noble Prince, if, as expected, Tony McCoy is required to maintain his partnership with Albertas Run.

"It's looking likely that AP will have to ride Albertas Run," said Nolan, yesterday.

Noble Prince

Noble Prince
"I'd say Davy Russell will ride our lad, if that's the case. He's a man in form, he's ridden a lot of winners this season. Davy's ridden our lad plenty, he won on him earlier this year at Naas. I believe there's little rain forecast which is all in our favour and it looks like being better ground than last year."

The eight-year-old remains a leading fancy despite the loss at the hands of Blazing Tempo in the Normans Grove Chase.

Another major challenger from the Emerald Isle is the Robbie Hennessy-trained Rubi Light, a highly-creditable third in the race last season and arguably an improved horse now judged on his Grade One victory earlier in the campaign.

Jockey Dominic Elsworth believes though that a step back up to the two-miles-five-furlongs of the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase will be ideal for Somersby, who he suggests is just inclined to make a mistake at two-miles and will find the longer trip at Cheltenham more in his comfort zone.

Elsworth clearly has a very soft spot for Henrietta Knight's talented chaser, the horse who gave him his first Grade 1 success when bravely landing the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot on January 21.

Forpadydeplasterer, who was taken out of the Queen Mother, adds to the strong Irish contingent.

Captain Chris, Riverside Theatre and Great Endeavour are other notable contenders.


Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
£260000.00 added, 5yo plus, 2m 5f, Class 1

Form Horse Age Wt Trainer
4FP12-1 Albertas Run (IRE) 11 11-10 Jonjo O'Neill
11-1U3P Captain Chris (IRE) 8 11-10 P J Hobbs
2P-2334 Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 10 11-10 Thomas Cooper
2F6-140 Great Endeavour (IRE) 8 11-10 D Pipe
542P-5P Kalahari King (FR) 11 11-10 Ferdy Murphy
103-120 Kauto Stone (FR) 6 11-10 P F Nicholls
1155-6P Little Josh (IRE) 10 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies
42-1322 Medermit (FR) 8 11-10 A King
1-F1222 Noble Prince (GER) 8 11-10 Paul Nolan
141-5U2 Poquelin (FR) 9 11-10 P F Nicholls
2113-12 Realt Dubh (IRE) 8 11-10 N Meade
5F/121-1 Riverside Theatre 8 11-10 N J Henderson
512F53 Roi Du Mee (FR) 7 11-10 G Elliott
13-3121 Rubi Light (FR) 7 11-10 Robert Hennessy
3-12241 Somersby (IRE) 8 11-10 Miss H C Knight
04-5060 Tartak (FR) 9 11-10 Tim Vaughan
143111 Blazing Tempo (IRE) 8 11-3 W P Mullins

17 runners

Going: Good, Good to Firm in places


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