Leading Ryanair Chase Fancy Tranquil Sea To Miss The Race.

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Tagged under: 2.40 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f ( Festival Trophy Chase ) Grade 1

The Edward O'Grady trained Tranquil Sea, winner of Cheltenham's Paddy Power Gold Cup in 2009, and as short as 5/1 to land next Thursday's Ryanair Chase, will not be in the line-up, following an unsatisfactory scope.

According to O'Grady, the 9 year-old had been working better than ever at home, which makes the outcome even more disappointing for all concerned.

The trainer of 1996 Arkle Chase winner Ventana Canyon, said: " He hadn't just been working well, he'd been working brilliantly - his recent work has been better than anything he's ever done.

" I'm hopeful he'll be alright to go to Aintree."

With Golden Silver and Captain Cee Bee almost certain to contest Wednesday's sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Irish challenge for Thursday's two mile five furlong Grade 1, has been considerably weakened.

Even though they still have four possible runners, Roberto Goldback, Rubi Light and Rare Bob are no more than hopeful possibilities, it is last year's third, JY Vole, who will carry the hopes of the Irish contingent.

Although unable to get his head in front in three attempts this season, Willie Mullins 8 year-old has not had conditions to suit, a fact that could change if present ground conditions prevail for next week.

8/1 With Coral, Boylesport and Betfred, JY Vole will have to repel a strong home challenge if he is to improve on last years' performance, particularly from the first two home in 2010, namely, Albertas Run ( 7/1 with Victor Chandler and Stan James ) and Poquelin ( 11/4 clear best with Coral ).

Throw in last season's Champion Chase third, Kalahari King ( 9/2 Coral and Skybet ), and this is one Festival Grade 1 that looks set to stay on home soil.

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