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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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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.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.