Frodon was the winner of the 2019 race, with jockey Bryony Frost becoming the first female rider to win a Grade One at the festival in the process. The win also gave Paul Nicholls a third win the in race, which now means he’s now the outright most winning trainer after previously being level with Willie Mullins Nicholls’ successes have come with the following horses:
Two of Nicholls’ wins came with Ruby Walsh doing the steering and the now retied jockey also rode two winners for Willie Mullins. Walsh’s four Ryanair wins mean’s he’s the most successful jockey to ride in the race, winning on the mounts listed below:
Un De Sceaux (2017)
Ireland have won three of the last four runnings, with Mullins and Walsh combining for two of them. Anything that Mullins may choose to send here is worth noting and Paul Townend is likely to step up in Walsh’s absence.
Paul Nicholls won the race last year and with his record, he will also likely have a live chance in the race and it would be no surprise to see 2019 winner Frodon return to defend his title.