Ryanair Chase Preview & Tips – Cheltenham 2018
The Ryanair is a race frowned upon by many as they feel that it takes away some important runners from the Champion Chase and the Gold Cup.
There is definitely an argument to make in that statement but this year, punters won’t be complaining as the feature on Day Three throws up the bet of the week.
Un De Certainty
Last year’s winner Un De Sceaux is the stand out bet on the card and it could be all fairly straightforward to be honest.
The veteran Cue Card will have his supporters and he’ll go off a clear second favourite and in fairness to the 12-year-old, he has been running well this season and deserves his crack at this race which he won back in 2013 but Un De Sceaux won’t see another rival.
Last year Un De Sceaux and Ruby had a little disagreement early in the race but when Ruby let him roll Un De Sceaux didn’t disappoint.
Some people look back on the race last year and Sub Lieutenant finishing a fast second to Un De Sceaux and wonder is that form good enough but that was on quicker ground and it was a case of Sub Lieutenant being out of the race and then finishing past tired horses. There was nothing able to get close enough to matter 12-months ago and there’ll be nothing that will be able to pass Un De Sceaux here.
There is an argument to say that Un De Sceaux would have ran in the Champion Chase if there was no Ryanair. Maybe they’d have even rolled the dice in the Gold Cup, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that Un De Sceaux would have been a Champion Chase winner in a different era to the great Sprinter Sacre.
Although, for whatever reason he has struggled to convince the racing droves that he really is as good as he is,
but punters that get behind Un De Sceaux on day three will certainly be rewarded.
There’ll only be the six runners with Douvan out, Cue Card will be second best and Balko Des Flos will probably end up finishing third. Cloudy Dream is consistent but always finds one too good and was well stuffed by Native River last month and Frodon isn’t good enough.
Un De Sceaux (Evens)
*Prices correct at time of publication