Cheltenham Festival: Allaho ruled out of third Ryanair Chase bid after suffering abdominal bleed, Willie Mullins confirms


Twin Ryanair Chase hero Allaho won’t bid for a hat-trick at subsequent month’s Cheltenham Competition after struggling an belly bleed.

The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old was a superb winner of the Ryanair in 2021 underneath Rachael Blackmore and efficiently defended his crown with a chic front-running efficiency final season within the arms of Paul Townend.

He stepped as much as three miles to win the Punchestown Gold Cup the next month, however has not been seen in aggressive motion since, with an autumn setback ruling out a potential tilt on the King George VI Chase at Kempton Boxing Day.

Hopes had been excessive that Allaho would return to motion on the Competition – however Chris Richardson, managing director for house owners Cheveley Park Stud, has confirmed he’ll miss the showpiece assembly after struggling an additional setback.

A press release issued to PA Media learn: “Having labored pleasingly this previous Saturday, Allaho was discovered to be uncomfortable after working and was then taken to the Fethard Equine Hospital, the place he was discovered to have suffered some type of belly bleed.

Coach Willie Mullins says Allaho is ‘vivid and cozy’ following remedy for the bleed

“Though a really uncommon situation, this was clearly of nice concern. Nonetheless, following remedy his situation seems to have stabilised.

“In line with Willie Mullins this morning, Allaho is vivid and cozy with a standard coronary heart charge, so clearly that is most encouraging, however we’ve to play issues daily.”

Ryanair Chase odds (SkyBet)

Blue Lord – 11/4

Fakir D’oudairies – 3/1

Shishkin – 7/2

Conflated – 4/1

Fury Street – 9/2

Pic D’orhy – 8/1

Envoi Allen – 8/1

All eyes on Ascot as Ryanair market opens up

Allaho’s setback has opened up the Ryanair Chase market, with loads of eyes now on this Saturday’s Ascot Chase, reside on Sky Sports activities Racing.

That would characteristic defending champion Fakir D’oudairies, who has been minimize to 11/4 for Cheltenham in March (SkyBet), behind solely Allaho’s stablemate Blue Lord, who takes up the mantle as the brand new 5/2 favorite.

Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin seems prone to goal the Ryanair after Ascot this weekend and is now 7/2 within the betting for Cheltenham.

In a wide-open contest, which options on the Thursday of the Competition, Conflated is now 4/1, Fury Street 9/2 and Pic D’orhy and Envoi Allen every 8/1.

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