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Ryanair Chase 2023 Tips - Irish chaser can challenge Shishkin

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Jon Vine 02 Mar 2023
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  • Tips, odds and predictions for the 2023 Ryanair Chase
  • This Grade One takes place at 2:50pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Janidil features in our selections
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Janidil (second right) stays on to place second behind Allaho in the 2022 Ryanair. (Getty)

Before the runners in this year's Stayers' Hurdle hit the track at Cheltenham, top-class chasers will fight it out in the Ryanair Chase. This two-and-a-half-mile Grade One is now considered the unofficial fifth Championship race at the Festival, with greats like Imperial Commander, Vautour and Allaho winning in recent seasons.

Here's our free guide and tips for the 2023 Ryanair Chase.

Cheltenham 2023 Tips - Ryanair Chase 2023 Guide


Ryanair Chase 2023 Odds


Name
Odds
Shishkin5/6
Blue Lord4/1
Conflated5/1
Fury Road7/1
Janidil8/1
Fakir D'Oudairies10/1
Envoi Allen10/1
Bar12/1

Ryanair Chase 2023 Favourite

No sooner had Allaho been withdrawn from the Ryanair Chase, his place at the top of the betting was filled by Shishkin. Nicky Henderson's star stepped beyond two miles for the first time in the Ascot Chase and Nico De Boinville's mount couldn't have been more impressive as he claimed an emphatic 16-length success.

I don't think the runner-up, Pic D'Orhy jumped as well as he had done on his preview two starts. Fakir D'Oudairies underperformed drastically, but neither of those factors detracts from Shishkin's superb performance. 

If the former Supreme and Arkle winner is in that same vein of form, then I can't see Shishkin being beaten. Four weeks, however, is a quick enough turnaround for a horse who's struggled for form and fitness over the past 12 months. That would be my only worry.

Ryanair Chase 2023 Runners

With Allaho now out, Blue Lord could lead Willie Mullins' assault on this year's Ryanair. Blue Lord will likely be joined in the field by last year's runner-up Janidil, who returned to action with an impressive victory over stablemate Haut En Couleurs in the Red Mills Chase.

Fury Road will drop back down in trip, following a solid effort behind Galopin Des Champs in the Irish Gold Cup. Two-time Cheltenham Festival winner, Envoi Allen will also drop back in distance, having laboured home in the King George VI Chase over Christmas.

Pic D'Orhy and Fakir D'Oudairies look set to skip Cheltenham and wait for the Melling Chase at Aintree. Conflated heads to the Gold Cup. Ga Law needs a run over three miles to qualify for the Grand National. French Dynamite is handicapped well enough to win the Plate Handicap Chase and I don't see either Hitman or Chacun Pour Soi taking up their entries.

Fanion D'Estruval could return for another crack, having finished 30 lengths behind Allaho 12 months ago. Millers Bank and Sceau Royal deserve a mention, but neither has much of a chance.

Ryanair Chase 2023 Tips

Shishkin is undoubtedly the most likely winner, but the sharp turnaround is enough to put me off his current odds-on price. I'd rather have an each-way bet on JANIDIL, who looked like he'd improve plenty for that return run at Gowran Park.

Those in attendance noted that Janidil was noticeably tubby in the parade ring prior to the Red Mills Chase, which resulted in Rachael Blackmore's mount drifting out to 7/2. Turning for home, Blackmore still sat last of the four, but a burst of speed between the final two flights saw Janidil pass the flakey Haut En Coulour and Mullins' nine-year-old kept going right through the line.

Janidil got outpaced on day three of the Cheltenham Festival last year. Mark Walsh's mount didn't jump all the fluently either. Yet, Janidil was still able to stay on and claim second place behind the hugely impressive Allaho. Fury Road will likely bounce out and make the running, but he won't be setting as brisk a gallop as Allaho did 12 months ago.

Verdict

Janidil has proven himself to be a very strong finisher and, if he's come on as much as expected following that victorious reappearance, then I could see Willie Mullins' charge challenging Shishkin for the victory.

Ryanair Chase 2023 Tips: Janidil Each-Way @8/1 at BetUK - 10 Units
Janidil
Each-Way
@8/1 - 10 Units

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