2016 Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase is a grade 1 steeplechase run during the Cheltenham Festival. The race is run over a distance of 5 miles and 4 furlongs and features 17 fences. Entry to the Ryanair Chase is restricted to 5-year-old and above racehorses.

The Ryanair Chase was added to the Cheltenham Festival card in 2005 as part of the meeting’s expansion. The race replaced the now defunct novices race, the Cathcart Challenge Cup, and received a grade 1 rating in 2008.

Ryanair Chase Betting Odds

Ryanair Chase Winners

The Ryanair Chase tends to attract racehorses that don’t have the quality to compete in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Nevertheless a number of handicap winners have come into the race and proved their class with impressive victories. 2009 winner Imperial Commander upset highly rated short odds favourite, Voy Por Ustedes, to take the race title following a win in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.