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Frodon among 44 Entries in bid to retain Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham

Thom Malone
Thom Malone

02:12 9 Jan 2020

The Paul Nicholls trained Frodon is among the list of 44 early entries for the Ryanair Chase, the feature race on Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival.

Frodon won the race last year, making Bryony Frost a star as she became the first female rider to win a Grade One at the Cheltenham Festival.

Paul Nicholls has the best record of any trainer in Ryanair Chase, with three successes, and the Ditcheat handler's four-strong team also features Altior's conqueror Cyrname, Dynamite Dollars and Politologue.
Other previous Ryanair Chase winners among the entries are the 2018 victor Un De Sceaux, one of 10 from the Willie Mullins yard, and 2017 scorer Balko des Flos trained by Henry de Bromhead, who form part of 22-strong Irish challenge.
Balko Des Flos' stablemate A Plus Tard looks the pick of Irish-trained entries following his victory over Chacun Pour Soi  in a Grade One chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
A Plus Tard was one of the most impressive winners of The Festival in 2019 when bolting up in the Listed Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase under Rachael Blackmore.

BREAKDOWN OF RYANAIR CHASE ENTRIES BY TRAINER

10 entries

Willie Mullins IRE - Cadmium, Chacun Pour Soi, Cilaos Emery, Duc des Genievres, Footpad, Min, Real Steel,
Un de Sceaux, Voix du Reve, Yorkhill

4 entries

Henry de Bromhead IRE - A Plus Tard, Balko des Flos, Chris’s Dream, Paloma Blue
Gordon Elliott IRE - Death Duty, Delta Work, Hardline, Shattered Love
Paul Nicholls - Cyrname, Dynamite Dollars, Frodon, Politologue

3 entries

Nigel Twiston-Davies - Bristol de Mai, Count Meribel, Riders Onthe Storm

2 entries

Warren Greatrex - Keeper Hill, La Bague Au Roi
Nicky Henderson - Janika, Top Notch
Noel Meade IRE - Road To Respect, Tout Est Permis
Venetia Williams - Aso, Cepage

1 entry

Mick Channon - Mister Whitaker
Harry Fry - Hell’s Kitchen
Tom Gretton - Kauto Riko
Philip Hobbs - Defi du Seuil
Ruth Jefferson - Waiting Patiently
Amy Murphy - Kalashnikov
Joseph O’Brien IRE - Darasso
Terence O’Brien IRE - Articulum
Colin Tizzard - Fox Norton
Harry Whittington - Saint Calvados
Kayley Woollacott - Lalor

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