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The Ryanair Steeple Chase

The four-day Cheltenham Festival is a National Hunt horse racing meeting that takes place every year in mid-march.

Similarly to many other editions of this meeting, The Festival 2021 will share a date with St. Patrick’s Day, with the Thursday being fully dedicated to the occasion.

The many Irish visitors that travel across from the Emerald Isle for this event help make up the quarter of a million spectators that visit The Cheltenham Festival each and every year. Each day of the event sees an attendance of around 65,000.

Tens of millions of pounds are gambled on these excellent races, with the biggest stakes being placed on each of the day’s featured fixtures.

The featured races of The Festival are The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Champion Day, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase on Ladies Day, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Friday.

The 2021 edition of The Cheltenham Festival is scheduled to take place between Tuesday the 16th and Friday the 19th of March. The third race of St. Patrick’s Thursday will be The Ryanair Steeple Chase.

About the Race

The Ryanair Steeple Chase is open to horses aged 5 and above and is run on the ‘new course’ of Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Festival Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase with a total race length of 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 127 yards, featuring 17 hurdles for the competitors to leap.

This featured race that takes place on Day Three of The Festival was one of several new races added when the meeting was expanded to four days in 2005.

The Ryanair Steeple Chase, which has had Grade 1 status since 2008, offers a total purse of £350,000, with £196,345 going to the first-place finisher.

On St. Patrick’s Thursday, Day Three of The Cheltenham Festival on Thursday the 18th of March, The Ryanair Steeple Chase will be the third race of the day, beginning at 2.50 pm.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Ryanair Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Min (FR) – 7/2 ante-post favourite – will be 11 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (06/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. Allaho (FR) – 5/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (27/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  3. Imperial Aura (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (09/01/21) – trained by Kim Bailey
  4. Melon (GB) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  5. Cyrname (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (26/12/20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  6. A Plus Tard (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  7. Saint Calvados (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (26/12/20) – trained by Harry Whittington
  8. Altior (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (27/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  9. Kemboy (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  10. Chacun Pour Soi (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (27/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins


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Don’t miss out this March – join the thousands of ecstatic punters that walk away from The Cheltenham Festival, either physically or virtually, with a generous lump of cash.


The Ryanair Steeple Chase is one of the featured races of The Festival, meaning odds are as competitive as ever with bookies viciously battling to win your custom for this high-value fixture.

On top of great starting prices, you’ll find enhanced odds and paid extra places, which mean more bang for your buck when your chosen horse thunders past the final post.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Ryanair Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:


Last year’s winner of The Ryanair Steeple Chase was 2/1 second-favourite Min, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

Min beat 16/1 outsider Saint Calvados by a neck, who finished a length and a half in front of race favourite A Plus Tard. Min raked in a fantastic £196,945 for his team for finishing in first place.


A couple of years back it was 9/2 joint second-favourite Frodon that won The Ryanair Steeple Chase, ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls.

33/1 Aso ran a great race to finish just over a length behind Frodon in second place, followed by joint 9/2 second-favourite Road To Respect in third. 7/2 race favourite Footpad was the last horse to complete the race in eighth-place.


In 2018, 8/1 Balko des Flos won The Ryanair Steeple Chase by an impressive four and a half lengths, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Henry De Bromhead.

8/11 titleholder and race favourite Un De Sceaux was uncontended for second place, finishing 8 lengths ahead of third-place 10/1 Cloudy Dream. 9/2 second-favourite Cue Card was the only runner to pull up.


The Ryanair Steeple Chase winner back in 2017 was 7/4 favourite Un De Sceaux, ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins. This was the pair’s second consecutive Ryanair Steeple Chase victory.

Sub Lieutenant finished in second place with a starting price of 8/1, followed by impressive 40/1 Aso 6 lengths behind in third. All 8 starting runners completed this race.