The Ryanair Stayer’s Hurdle (Saturday 6 April) is run on the same card as the Grand National at Aintree. It was first run in 1974 and was formerly known as the Liverpool Hurdle. It takes place over a trip of 3 miles and 149 yards and notable winners include Monet’s Garden, Big Bucks, Whisper, and Thistlecrack.
Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle 10-Year-Trends
- Winners have been aged six, seven eight, or nine
- Eight of the 10 winners were rated at least 163
- Seven of the last 10 favourites have won
- SP’s of the winners ranged between 3/10 and 14/1
Ryanair Stayer’s Hurdle 2019 Main Contenders
Apple’s Jade poses punters a real dilemma here. If she repeats her best form, she’ll win easily, but she flopped at Cheltenham and the big question is will she do so again. There’s a chance she will as she was also below her best at Punchestown last year after also disappointing at Cheltenham. However, it’s worth remembering that most of her best form has come over staying trips and she’s capable of running inferior rivals into the ground. It’s also worth remembering she got beat in the Triumph Hurdle in 2016 at Cheltenham but won the four-year-old hurdle at this meeting by 41 lengths.
Was the 6/5 favourite for this race and the 9/4 favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last year but ran below expectation in both. He also ran poorly in his first three races this season but put that run behind him with a fine second in the Stayers’ Hurdle, when he was sent-off at 33/1. Officially rated 1lb below Apple’s Jade but he must concede her the 7lb mares’ allowance. He may also struggle to lead with her in the field.
If The Cap Fits
The winner of four of his seven races over hurdles and has also run creditably in defeat on several occasions. Connections were hoping he would make up into a Champion Hurdle horse but, having suggested he could be well-suited to running over three-miles, he gets his chance to. However, he needs to find quite a lot of improvement to trouble the market leaders.
Lucky winner of the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival but she ran a great race when second to Santini over course and distance in a novice race at last year’s Grand National Meeting. Must have an each-way chance.
Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle 2019 Summary
Last year’s winner Identity Thief was a bit of a shock winner at 14/1 and it could be that If The Cap Fits follows in his footsteps if he improves for three-miles. However, most winners have already achieved a rating of 160+ coming into the race and that should make the front two in the market very hard to beat. Apple’s Jade would be odds-on if she hadn’t flopped at Cheltenham and it’s hard to oppose her as she won by 41 lengths last time she ran at Aintree.
Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle 2019 Tip