The Ryanair Chase (2:40pm) is a Class A Grade 1 chase run over two miles and five furlongs. It is open to horses aged five years old and upwards.
The introduction of the Ryanair Chase has proved to be an unqualified success. There were those who feared that the race might detract from the Queen Mother Chase or the Gold Cup. However the event has proved that there is a place at the Festival for a separate championship race over this distance.