A CRACKING field of 12 high-class chasers will tackle the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.
We’ve put together all the important info to help you find the winner of the third race on day three.
1. Aso – Venetia Williams/Charlie Deutsch (33-1)
Impressive winner of a deep handicap at this venue on New Year’s Day.
Finished last of six behind Cyrname at Ascot but should run a better race back at this track.
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2. Balko Des Flos – Henry De Bromhead/Denis O’Regan (18-1)
Could hardly have won this race any easier last season, travelling strongly throughout.
Completely lost his way since then and hopes are pinned on a return to this venue sparking him back to life.
3. Charbel – Kim Bailey/David Bass (40-1)
Easy winner of the Peterborough Chase earlier in the season but not in the same heart since.
Not quite up to this level and hard to make a case for.
4. Coney Island – Edward Harty/Mark Walsh (33-1)
Smart form a few years ago but he has struggled with injuries of late.
Well-held in Savills Chase when last seen and he is impossible to fancy.
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5. Footpad – Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh (4-1)
Swept all before him in brilliant novice campaign last season.
Fell when beaten on reappearance and disappointing second last time. Questions to answer.
6. Frodon – Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost (5-1)
Loves it around here and carried a big weight to victory in the December Gold Cup.
Re-routed here with the Gold Cup an option and he looks sure to go well from the front.
7. Monalee – Henry De Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore (4-1)
Not disgraced behind Presenting Percy in last year’s RSA and back to winning ways latest.
Rock-solid at this level and he should finish in the first three with a clear round.
8. Road To Respect – Noel Meade/Sean Flanagan (9-2)
Impressive winner of a Grade 1 on reappearance and had excuses since.
Easier ground will suit and should cope with the drop back in trip.
9. Sub Lieutenant – Henry De Bromhead/J J Slevin (50-1)
Put a Tramore flop behind him with a narrow defeat in Grade 2 company last time.
However, he needs to produce a huge personal best to go close.
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10. Terrefort – Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob (25-1)
Went close in last year’s JLT at the Festival before winning a Grade 1 at Aintree.
Yet to fully hit his straps this campaign and place claims at best.
11. The Storyteller – Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell (18-1)
Decisive winner of the Plate at this meeting last season.
Generally run with credit in Grade 1/2 company since then but others make greater appeal.
12. Un De Sceaux – Willie Mullins/Paul Townend (11-2)
Popular veteran who won this race two years ago.
Gave Altior a race in the Tingle Creek and should give his all once more.