Ryanair Chase 2020 Trends

Finding the winner of the Ryanair Chase isn't always easy, so we've taken a look at the most important Ryanair Chase trends from the last 10 years for you. We've used them to find you the best horses to follow right now in the 2020 Ryanair Chase.

Ryanair Chase 2020 Trends

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2020 Ryanair Chase Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Had run in at least six chases in their career
  • Had run in at least three Grade 1s
  • Had run at Cheltenham before
  • Had won on a left-handed course
  • Had an official handicap rating over fences of at least 161
  • Last ran no more than 82 days ago

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Had won at least four times over fences
  • Were aged between 7 & 9
  • Had been first or second in one of their last three races

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Had won a Grade 1 race
  • Had won a race at Cheltenham

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Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The King George VI Chase at Kempton has thrown out three of the last 10 winners (Vautour, Dynaste & Albertas Run).Clan Des Obeaux won that trial in 2019.
  • The Ascot Chase has also thrown out three of the last 10 winners (Cue Card, Riverside Theatre & Alberta's Run). It has also thrown out four placed finishers. The 2020 running is on February 19.
  • The Clarence House Chase at Ascot has also been useful, producing one winner (Un De Sceaux) and three placed finishers. Defi Du Seuil won that trial in 2020.
  • The Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham was used 2019 winner Frodon's last run before his Cheltenham Festival win.Santini won this in 2020.


Trainer Trends

  • With 2 winners each, Willie Mullins and Jonjo O'Neill top the Ryanair Chase standings across the last 10 renewals. Mullins has also saddled three placed finishers from 13 runners in total.
  • Ireland has had three of the last four winners.

Jockey Trends

  • Tony McCoy rode three of the last 10 winners, but has since retired, as has Ruby Walsh, who rode two. It could pay to follow Walsh's successor at trainer Willie Mullins's though, Paul Townend.

How did the trends do last year?

Top of the Ryanair Chase trends last year was third Road To Respect, who had won over fences at the Cheltenham Festival before and gone on to not only run in the required three Grade 1s, but win them.

At 169, he was also officially the highest-rated in the line-up. But the trends also picked winner Frodon and fourth Monalee. Despite having slightly lower ratings than Road To Respect, they both had more than enough Grade 1 experience, had run at the Festival before, and boasted top-class recent form.

Frodon rated higher than Monalee in the trends because he had won a Grade 1, and had won at Cheltenham twice before - though Monalee had been second in two Festival Grade 1s.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2020?

The Willie Mullins-trained Min has the most positives in the 2020 Ryanair Chase trends right now. He's the right age at nine, has won Grade 1s, has won at Cheltenham and has won this season, including a Grade 1 over the Ryanair Chase distance.

But there are plenty more clues to come, and big decisions to be made for the connections of other leading contenders A Plus Tard, Frodon and Defi Du Seuil.


2019 Ryanair Chase Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stFrodon7/2Paul NichollsBryony Frost
2ndAso33/1Venetia WilliamsCharlie Deutsch
3rdRoad To Respect9/2Henry De BromheadRachael Blackmore

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