Cue Card among 48 Ryanair entries

Cue Card could bid for a second victory in the £300,000 Grade One Ryanair Chase on Thursday, March 16, after he was confirmed as one of the 48 entries for this year's race.

Paddy Brennan celebrates after riding Cue Card to win the Betfair Chase for a third time.

The 11-year-old ran away with the near two-mile, five-furlong contest in 2013 when thrashing First Lieutenant by nine lengths, and has since established himself as one of Britain's leading staying chasers.

He fell at the third last when going strongly in the 2016 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. This season, Cue Card captured his third Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November before chasing home impressive stablemate Thistlecrack in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park over Christmas.

Colin Tizzard's four other entries also include French import Alary, yet to run for the stable and entered in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup like Cue Card, Shloer Chase victor Fox Norton, Sizing Granite and Viconte Du Noyer. The last three also hold entries in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Willie Mullins accounts for seven of the 18 Irish-trained entries. The septet features hot Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Douvan, dual Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam, 2015 Racing Post Arkle Chase victor Un De Sceaux and the star mare Vroum Vroum Mag.

Among Henry de Bromhead's three contenders is Valseur Lido, runner-up last year when trained by Willie Mullins, while Gordon Elliott has course and distance scorerEmpire Of Dirt and Outlanderin his three entries. Other possibles include Uxizandre, off the course since winning the 2015 Ryanair Chase, French-trained Vezelay, third on his British debut in the Betfair Chase, BetVictor Gold Cup scorer Taquin De Seuil and Ar Mad.

The 48-strong entry represents the joint third-highest level of entries in the history of the Ryanair Chase, founded in 2005.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

ALARY (FR)

7

Ann & Alan Potts

Colin Tizzard

AR MAD (FR)

7

Ashley Head

Gary Moore

ARCTIC SKIPPER (IRE)

8

L Halley

Vincent Halley IRE

ART MAURESQUE (FR)

7

Mrs Johnny de la Hey

Paul Nicholls

ASO (FR)

7

The Bellamy Partnership

Venetia Williams

BALLYCASEY (IRE)

10

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

BLACK HERCULES (IRE)

8

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)

6

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies

CARRAIG MOR (IRE)

9

Masterson Holdings Limited

Alan King

CHAMPAGNE FEVER (IRE)

10

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

CHAMPAGNE WEST (IRE)

9

Roger Brookhouse

Henry de Bromhead IRE

COLD MARCH (FR)

7

Andrew Brooks

Venetia Williams

CUE CARD

11

Jean Bishop

Colin Tizzard

DJAKADAM (FR)

8

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

DODGING BULLETS

9

Martin Broughton & Friends

Paul Nicholls

DOUVAN (FR)

7

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

EMPIRE OF DIRT (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

FOX NORTON (FR)

7

Ann & Alan Potts

Colin Tizzard

GOD'S OWN (IRE)

9

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George

IRISH CAVALIER (IRE)

8

Andrew McIver

Rebecca Curtis

JOSSES HILL (IRE)

9

Alan Spence

Nicky Henderson

KING'S ODYSSEY (IRE)

8

William & Angela Rucker

Evan Williams

KYLEMORE LOUGH

8

M J McMahon & Denis Gallagher

Kerry Lee

LONG HOUSE HALL (IRE)

9

Carl Hinchy

Dan Skelton

MORE OF THAT (IRE)

9

J P McManus

Jonjo O'Neill

OUTLANDER (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

ROAD TO RICHES (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Noel Meade IRE

ROI DES FRANCS (FR)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

ROYAL REGATTA (IRE)

9

Lesley Field & Eileen Murphy

Philip Hobbs

SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR)

8

The Stewart Family

Paul Nicholls

SHANTOU FLYER (IRE)

7

Carl Hinchy

Rebecca Curtis

SIZING GRANITE (IRE)

9

Ann & Alan Potts

Colin Tizzard

SIZING JOHN

7

Ann & Alan Potts Partnership

Jessica Harrington IRE

SMAD PLACE (FR)

10

Mrs Peter Andrews

Alan King

SMASHING (FR)

8

Ann & Alan Potts Partnership

Mouse Morris IRE

SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

TAQUIN DU SEUIL (FR)

10

Martin Broughton & Friends 1

Jonjo O'Neill

TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)

7

Galloping On The South Downs Partnership

Gary Moore

UN DE SCEAUX (FR)

9

Edward O'Connell

Willie Mullins IRE

UXIZANDRE (FR)

9

J P McManus

Alan King

VALSEUR LIDO (FR)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

VANITEUX (FR)

8

Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes

Nicky Henderson

VEZELAY (FR)

8

P Joubert

Emmanuel Clayeux FR

VIBRATO VALTAT (FR)

8

Axom XLIII

Paul Nicholls

VICONTE DU NOYER (FR)

8

Ann & Alan Potts

Colin Tizzard

VILLAGE VIC (IRE)

10

Alan Peterson

Philip Hobbs

VROUM VROUM MAG (FR)

8

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

ZABANA (IRE)

8

Chris Jones

Andrew Lynch IRE

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