RYANAIR CHASE TRENDS:
- Stick with past Grade 1 winners
- A course win is a massive plus
- A distance win or further is a must
- Second-season chasers do well
FRODON can defend his Ryanair Chase crown.
Most winners of the Ryanair have already scored at Cheltenham so we can quickly cross out Min and Riders Onthe Storm who have yet to taste success at Prestbury Park.
Scoring over the 2m4f distance or further is another important test and that’s been failed by Saint Calvados.
This hasn’t been a race for outsiders in the main which puts you off the chances of Duc Des Genievres, Aso and Shattered Love who are all out with the washing.
We have only had one six-year-old win this race in its relatively short history. But only seven have tried so that can’t be held as a negative for A Plus Tard.
It is a straight fight between that Irish challenger and FRODON who both have the vital Grade 1 form.
But given that Paul Nicholls’ hopeful won this race 12 months ago we’ll give him the narrow nod in what should be a real battle. He’ll go from the front and hope to hold off A Plus Tard up the hill.
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