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Ryanair Chase odds: Stage Star favourite to shine

This is the 20th running of the Ryanair Chase and 11 horses are set to take on the two-mile-four-and-a-half-furlong test to try and follow in the footsteps of some high-profile former winners.

Willie Mullins has won this race five times - including back-to-back victories for Allaho in 2021 and 2022 - while Paul Nicholls has enjoyed success on three separate occasions.

Nicholls is eyeing a fourth win with Stage Star, while Mullins’ hopes rest on Capodanno, his only runner in this year’s race.

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Stage Star

This eight-year-old is very familiar with the Cheltenham track, having run at Prestbury Park on no fewer than five previous occasions.

Stage Star enjoyed success in the 2023 Festival, with a three-and-a-quarter length victory over Notlongtillmay in the Turners Novices’ Chase.

The gelding beat the same rival to win the Gold Cup Handicap Chase in November, before being pulled up in the New Year’s Day Handicap Chase, on the new course at Cheltenham.

Familiarity of the track and five wins from eight runs over the bigger fences make Stage Star a big player on Thursday.

Envoi Allen

This might be the last race of an impressive jumps career for Envoi Allen, who has three previous Festival wins under his belt.

The 10-year-old claimed top spot in the Champion Bumper back in 2019, before taking the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle two years later.

Envoi Allen won this race 12 months ago, beating Shinskin by two-and-three-quarter lengths for what was Henry De Bromhead’s second win in the Ryanair Chase.

Banbridge

Banbridge has won four of his six Chase starts to date, including success at Cheltenham in the Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial back in November 2022.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained charge is certainly a progressive sort, but there will be concerns over the likely soft/heavy ground.

So far, his wins have come on Good or Good-to-Soft ground and connections may decide to withdraw him if there is more rain ahead of the race.

Capodanno

This eight-year-old is another former winner at Cheltenham after victory in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase in January this year.

Capodanno’s win came over three-miles-one-and-a-quarter furlongs, but he will drop down in trip on Thursday, which might not suit him.

Mark Walsh, yet to ride a winner in the Ryanair Chase, is set to be on board the Mullins-trained runner.

Conflated

Gordon Elliott goes in search of a first win in this race and Conflated looks to offer him his best chance this year.

The 10-year-old was third in the Gold Cup in 2023 and was disputing second when falling in this race two years ago.

A concern will be the fact that he has unseated his rider in his last two starts, including in the Irish Gold Cup Chase last month.

Ahoy Senor

Trained by Lucinda Russell, Ahoy Senor has a good record at Cheltenham with a win and a second in three runs at Prestbury Park.

The win, which came in the Cotswold Chase, was his last victory and that came back in January 2023.

Protektorat

This nine-year-old has run at Cheltenham on 11 previous occasions, winning twice, but those victories came back in January and November 2020.

There are question marks over the drop in trip, but at his best the Dan Skelton runner could still play a major role.

Fil Dor

Gordon Elliott’s second runner in the race, Fil Dor has one win to his name in five races over the bigger fences.

The six-year-old finished second to El Fabiolo at Cork in December and will welcome the return to two-miles-and-four-furlongs.

Fugitif

Another course-and-distance winner, Fugitif beat Il Ridoto by a short head to claim victory in the December Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Richard Hobson’s runner has useful handicap form, but was well beaten (by 16 lengths) when taking on Stage Star in November’s Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

Hitman

Paul Nicholls’ second string heads into the Ryanair Chase following a decent run in the February’s Denman Chase - finishing second of five runners and four-and-a-quarter lengths behind Shishkin.

Hitman is capable of smart form and the softer ground might help his cause.

Ga Law

The outsider of the field, Ga Law is another runner with two Cheltenham victories to his name, the latest of which came in January when he won a two-mile-four-and-a-half-furlong handicap.

The eight-year-old finished fifth in this race last year, despite not jumping with any real fluency.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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