Tuesday 17 July 2018

Stat Attack: The Grade One Ryanair Chase (2.50)

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Wayne Bailey

The Ryanair Chase was introduced in 2005 and for the first ten years, it was seen by many as a race for those not good enough to get into the Gold Cup or the Champion Chase.

But things are changing, and the more recent winners have been top-class animals. In the first five years, four winners were rated in the 150s, and in the following six years, all runners were in the 160s. The race got a boost in 2016 when Vautour was controversially re-routed late on from the Gold Cup, and won with a rating of 176.

Also trained by Willie Mullins, last year's winner, Un De Sceaux, was another classy sort rated 171. That horse is officially the best in the race again this year, but is now 3lbs lower than 2017 on 168.

Irish Independent

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