Allaho Strengthens Grip As Ryanair Chase Favourite
Allaho has strengthened his status as hot favourite for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after landing the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles for the second successive year.
It was a comfortable victory for the 8-year-old in the Grade 2 contest under Paul Townend as Fakir D’Oudairies was unable to mount a serious challenge and we have since…
Cut the winner into 6/5 from 7/4 to successfully defend the Ryanair Chase around the Prestbury Park track in March.
Joseph O’Brien’s runner-up meanwhile has been eased to 12/1 from 10/1 in the latest betting having been no match for Allaho when second by 12 lengths in last year’s Ryanair renewal.
Earlier on the Thurles card, the Gordon Elliott trained Gerri Colombe justified 4/9 favouritism to extend his unbeaten run and he has shortened into 10/1 from 12/1 to go on and win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, while Ballygriffincottage has fallen into 20/1 from 50/1 in the same race after scoring over hurdles at the second time of asking at Lingfield for Dan Skelton.
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