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2019 Ryanair Chase tips - 9/2 chance set to give Henry De Bromhead second Ryanair Chase win

Monalee can win the Ryanair Chase.

Brian Healy gives his big race selection for Thursday's Ryanair Chase, the third race of the day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Grade One Ryanair Chase is the third race of the afternoon on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, and the classy contest fills a void between the Champion Chase and the Gold Cup.

A host of big names have won this valuable prize down through the years, and the 2.50pm contest carries a first prize pot of more than £195,000. A potential field of 18 runners could go to post, each eyeing up that sizeable prize and join the likes of Un De Sceaux, Vautour, Cue Card, dual-winner Albertas Run and Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander.

And MONALEE (9/2, Paddy Power) could be set to join the winners’ ranks, with Henry De Bromhead’s runner likely to bid to follow up the yard’s win in the race twelve months ago when Balko Des Flos outgunned Un De Sceaux to land top honours.

The Milan gelding has shown himself to be a top-class performer over the larger obstacles, although he was let down somewhat by his jumping during his novice campaign last term.

Having won on his chase debut at Punchestown, he was a faller at Leopardstown next time out behind Shattered Love prior to beating Al Boum Photo in the Flogas Novices’ Chase. He then chased home Presenting Percy in the RSA Chase, finishing seven lengths adrift of that rival.

Some suspect jumping didn't aid his cause in his next outing where he fell behind The Storyteller in the Growise Champion Chase, falling two out when still travelling well; but he has shown no such problems this term, jumping much more assuredly, and his shrewd yard appear to have ironed out any issues in that department and he largely jumped slickly when posting his latest success..

Henry De Bromhead saddles Monalee in Thursday's Ryanair Chase.


Third on his reappearance behind Snow Falcon at Down Royal in the MycarneedsA.com Chase, he probably needed that run; he subsequently went one better but proved no match for Kemboy in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown, and he opened his account for the campaign with a relatively straightforward win over Anibale Fly to win the Red Mills Chase when last seen.

Proven on a range of underfoot conditions, he has done all his winning over fences at this intermediate distance which seems to bring out the best in him, and he ought to go well in this contest. With plenty of proven form at this level, he could prove a tough nut to crack having struck up a good rapport with Rachael Blackmore - who is already on the winners' list this week - although the strong travelling sort may not want to get embroiled in a scrap against the likes of Un De Sceaux at the business end.

2019 RYANAIR CHASE SELECTION - MONALEE (9/2, Paddy Power)

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2019 Ryanair Chase tips - 9/2 chance set to give Henry De Bromhead second Ryanair Chase win

Brian Healy gives his big race selection for Thursday's Ryanair Chase, the third race of the day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

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