Thursday Throwback Race For The Day - 11/03/21


Today's throwback race of the day looks back at last year's Grade One Ryanair Chase on the Thursday of the meeting with the Rich Ricci owned and Willie Mullins trained Min, finally landing his first ever Cheltenham festival winner.

The 10 year old has been a model servant to the sport over the years, being a superb French exploit that has won numerous Grade One events over both hurdles and fences.

He has done his best work in Ireland over the years, landing a hat-trick of wins in the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Chase over the years, but in 2020 finally broke his duck at the Cheltenham festival.

After finishing second on his first start at the meeting back in 2017 in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle behind Altior, he came back again two years after to repeat the same position behind the same horse, this time in the Champion Chase.

In 2019, on his third try at the Cheltenham festival he adopted a new tactic to try and beat Altior in the Grade One event, but slipped to fifth of nine runners.

With the penny finally dropping that he needed further, Mullins sent him into the Ryanair Chase on the Thursday over 2m4f and having seen off Saint Calvados and A Plus Tard, he landed his first ever festival win.