Cheltenham St Patrick's Day Betting: Uxizandre to Win the Ryanair Chase with Bet365

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Cheltenham Betting Tip: 2.50pm Cheltenham Ryanair Chase  – Uxizandre (EW) at 5/1 Bet365

Nicky Henderson is the winning-most trainer at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, with 52 winners to date, but one Willie Mullins is only six winners away and can definitely bridge that gap this week.

Mullins’ Un De Sceaux is the 5/2 favourite with most online bookmakers now and the step up to 2 miles and 5 furlongs for this Grade 1 chase is expected to bring about the improvement required for him to go very close under Ruby Walsh.

He finished ahead of Uxizandre in the Clarence House Chase here last time out, but over this longer trip and with that run under his belt, the Alan King trained 2015 Ryanair Chase winner is taken for a repeat bid two years later at good odds of 5/1.

Alan King has trained a highly respectable 15 Cheltenham Festival winners and once again has a strong hand of horses to go to war with in 2017.

Having been off the track for a season, it was really pleasing to see Uxizandre jump and travel so well and stay on up the hill over an inadequate distance. In Sir Tony McCoy’s last winning Cheltenham Festival ride in the 2015 Ryanair Chase, Uxizandre produced a brilliant display of jumping.

Don Cossack, the following year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, was well held back in third and that form is arguably as good as or better than anything else on show here.

This race will have been his major target from the moment he was recovering from injury and we can trust in Alan King to produce the nine-year-old JP McManus owned horse in tip top condition.

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Nicky Henderson is also represented, by Josses Hill, who is yet to win at the festival but rarely runs a bad race here and has been in as good a form as ever this season.

At 9/1 he looks a good each way Cheltenham free bet, while the Gigginstown owned Sub Lieutenant is also a real dark horse. If you’re looking for something to run a big race at a huge price, Village Vic could go well for a long way and is available at 33/1.