2019 Ryanair Chase Betting Tips

The 2019 Ryanair Chase betting tips on Betting.org say the value bet to win this Grade 1 event over an extended 2m 4f is Monalee on day three of the Cheltenham Festival; Thursday, 14 March. Footpad is feared most over older Willie Mullins stablemate Un De Sceaux. The popular pair of course specialist Frodon and jockey Bryony Frost, meanwhile, look solid each-way value in an intriguing renewal. Read all about it in our 2019 Ryanair Chase betting tips preview below.

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Monalee
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Monalee the Ryanair Chase value

Irish trainer Henry De Bromhead won the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival 12 months ago with Balko Des Flos. In Monalee, he has a leading contender to give him back-to-back victories in the extended 2m 4f contest on day three of the famous meeting this Thursday (14:50).

The eight-year-old has twice finished runner-up at Cheltenham, chasing home Penhill two years ago in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and then Presenting Percy in the RSA last year. Monalee is now down in trip from those 3m tests and has shaped throughout his career over fences as though this distance suits him better.

He won his debut over fences at 2m 4f at Punchestown, then landed the 2m 5f Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival last season. Although some of his hurdles form is over further, Monalee hasn’t won over the larger obstacles in a true staying test.

Drop back in trip clearly suits

Runs over 3m in chases haven’t been too shabby though. Monalee was only beaten seven lengths by Ireland’s leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Presenting Percy in the RSA 12 months ago and the form is absolutely rock solid. Elegant Escape, who was seven lengths behind him, has come out and won the Welsh Grand National when stepped up to 3m 5f.

The fourth horse home Ballyoptic, meanwhile, was beaten just a nose in the Scottish equivalent at Ayr giving lumps of weight away on his final start of last season. Monalee has done his utmost to advertise the form too, and was far from disgraced on reappearance when third in a Grade 2 at Down Royal and trying to give Snow Falcon 7lb.

He was then back up in trip for the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas where only Kemboy finished ahead of him on surprisingly good ground. Monalee has since landed the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park over roughly this trip beating a very useful yardstick in Gold Cup third and Grand National fourth Anibale Fly by a cosy couple of lengths.

A rating of 163 hardly does him justice and there’s still scope for further improvement after just eight outings over fences. Monalee is thus put up to make it third time lucky for connections and heads our 2019 Ryanair Chase betting tips.

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Footpad feared on previous Festival form

Willie Mullins launches a two-pronged attack on the race courtesy of former champion Un De Sceaux and Footpad. Preference is for the latter and, if replicating his awesome win in the Arkle at this meeting 12 months ago, is the one to fear most. This seven-year-old barely put a foot wrong during his novice campaign over fences.

Since then, however, the Simon Munir and Isaac Souede owned gelding hasn’t had it all his own way. Footpad fell when not jumping with usual fluency in a Grade 3 at Naas on reappearance. He came down at the last and regular rider Ruby Walsh reported an overreach injury.

Footpad was then just bested half-a-length by plucky veteran Simply Ned in a Grade 1 at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. The winner also had the same race awarded to him 12 months earlier in the stewards’ room at the expense of another Mullins mount.

Although those results are disappointing, Footpad is now stepped up in trip over fences to tackle this middle distance for the first time. The way in which he finished off the Arkle suggests he’ll have no problem getting it as he cruised into contention coming down Cleeve Hill and led rounding the home turn.

While he was helped by rivals cutting each other’s throats up front, it was the way in which Footpad drew clear up the run-in, staying on strongly uphill for a 14-length victory. If turning up and putting in a similar display, then he should give Monalee plenty to think about.

Frodon a solid each-way bet

Ditcheat handler Paul Nicholls has had a fine season in no small part thanks to Frodon, who tries this race again after posting much improved form. The seven-year-old was last of five to finish 12 months ago, but wasn’t ridden with his usual tactics. If allowed to go up front, then he looks the each-way value based on a string of fine other races he’s run at this venue.

Sam Twiston-Davies didn’t let Frodon bowl along at the head of affairs last year. Since Bryony Frost took over on him again, he’s won two Grade 2s and the ultra-competitive Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over course and distance. Frodon has tons of chase experience after trying them in France while still a three-year-old.

As the top rated horse in the Ryanair line-up on a mark of 169, he’s fully earned that on form this season. After winning the Old Roan Handicap Chase at Aintree on reappearance, Frodon only found Baron Alco a couple of lengths too good when giving the winner 15lb in the Grade 3 BetVictor Gold Cup here in November.

Top-weight didn’t stop him from recording a third career course and distance victory on his penultimate start. Frodon then bested the aforementioned Elegant Escape, gamely holding him three-quarters of a length when stepped back up in trip for the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase.

Victory in that official Cheltenham Gold Cup trial gave connections options, but this was ultimately thought to be more winnable. Frost, who has won or placed on Frodon seven times in eight rides, is again aboard and there’s every reason to think he can go much, much better than his run in this last year. He thus completes our 2019 Ryanair Chase betting tips as the each-way selection.

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