Top Trainer Betting Odds for the Cheltenham Festival 2024

Top Trainer Betting Odds for the Cheltenham Festival 2024

The latest odds for top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival 2024.

The battle for the Top Trainer award is likely to be fought out between Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson. 

Each of them knows what it takes to become the leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, and given that each of them has a strong team to ascend to Prestbury Park next month, we can expect each of them to have a few winners. But who will emerge as the one with the most winners? Let’s assess each trainer! 

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Willie Mullins - 1/6 

The most successful trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival is Willie Mullins. He has continued his dominance in the Cotswolds year after year and has not only trained an incredible 94 winners but has also been crowned the leading trainer 10 times. 

His relationship with jockeys Ruby Walsh and Paul Townend has contributed to his success, and the Closutton handler has had a stranglehold on the crown in recent years, being the leading trainer in 2019 with four winners, 2020 with seven winners, 2021 with six, 2022 with ten winners, and last year with six. 

The man from Goresbridge, County Kilkenny, has won most of the big races, including three Gold Cups, four Champion Hurdles, two Champion Chases, two Stayers’ Hurdles, seven Supreme Novices’ Hurdles, five Arkles, nine Mares’ Hurdles, 12 Champion Bumpers, and, of course, many more. 

His famous wins have stemmed from horses such as Douvan, Al Boum Photo, Faugheen, Vautour, Quevega, Hurricane Fly, and Annie Power, who have all tasted success, while more recently, Allaho, Energumene, and Galopin Des Champs have been just a few star names to emerge themselves as greats. 

His team for this year’s four-day meeting will consist of more top-class participants, with horses like El Fabiolo, Galopin Des Champs, Ballyburn, Jade De Grugy, State Man, and Lossiemouth headlining a star-studded assault from the camp. All of them have excellent chances, as they are either favourites or prominent in the betting. 

The likelihood is that he will finish top trainer once again, as it will take something extraordinary from the others to get close to him, let alone wrestle the crown away from him, and his short odds of 1/6 reflect that. Another brilliant week is firmly on the cards for the 17-time Irish champion trainer. 

How many Cheltenham winners for Willie Mullins?

94 going into this year’s Festival. With only six winners needed to gain his hundredth Cheltenham Festival win, that landmark could well be reached next month. 

He is a master of his craft and, despite his prohibitive odds, it is difficult to oppose him. There is every possibility he will break his own record of the most trained winners across the week. 

Famous Cheltenham Festival Winners for Willie Mullins: 

  • Cheltenham Gold Cup: x3: Al Boum Photo (2019, 2020), Galopin Des Champs (2023)
  • Champion Hurdle: x4: Hurricane Fly (2011, 2013), Faugheen (2015), Annie Power (2016)
  • Champion Chase: x2: Energumene (2022, 2023)
  • Stayers’ Hurdle: x2: Nichols Canton (2017), Penhill (2018)
  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: x7: Tourist Attraction (1995), Ebaziyan (2007), Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Douvan (2015), Klassical Dream (2019), Appreciate It (2021)
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy: x5: Un de Sceaux (2015), Douvan (2016), Footpad (2018), Duc des Genievres (2019), El Fabiolo (2023)
  • Mares’ Hurdle: x9: Quevega (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Glens Melody (2015), Vroum Vroum Mag (2016), Benie Des Dieux (2018)
  • Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle: x6: Fiveforthree (2008), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009), Faugheen (2014), Yorkhill (2016), Sir Gerhard (2022), Impaire Et Passe (2023) Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase: x5: Florida Pearl (1998), Rule Supreme (2004), Cooldine (2009), Don Poli (2015), and Monkfish (2021)
  • Champion Bumper: x12: Wither or Which (1996), Florida Pearl (1997), Alexander Banquet (1998), Joe Cullen (2000), Missed That (2005), Cousin Vinny (2008), Champagne Fever (2012), Briar Hill (2013), Relegate (2018), Ferny Hollow (2020), Sir Gerhard (2021), Facile Vega (2022)
  • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle: x3: Penhill (2017), Monkfish (2020), The Nice Guy (2022)
  • Ryanair Chase: x5: Vautour (2016), Un de Sceaux (2017), Min (2020), Allaho (2021, 2022).
  • Triumph Hurdle: x4: Scolardy (2002), Burning Victory (2020), Vauban (2022), Lossiemouth (2023)
  • Turners Novices’ Chase: x4: Sir Des Champs (2012), Vautour (2015), Black Hercules (2016), Yorkhill (2017)

 

Highest Profile Chances for Willie Mullins in 2024: 

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Ballyburn
  • Champion Hurdle: State Man
  •  Mares’ Hurdle: Lossiemouth
  • Embassy Gardens: National Hunt Chase
  • Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase: Fact To File
  • Champion Chase: El Fabiolo
  • Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle: Jade De Grugy
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup: Galopin Des Champs
  • Mares’ Chase: Dinoblue

 

Gordon Elliott - 8/1 

The second favourite for the Top Trainer award at this year’s Cheltenham Festival is Willie Mullins’ big rival, Gordon Elliott, who is the last trainer other than Mullins himself to take the title at Prestbury Park. Having won it in 2017 with six winners and 2018 with eight winners, he has had to settle for minor honours since. 

Nevertheless, with number one rider Jack Kennedy all set to lead the Elliott pack, there’s a good chance Gordon will be able to have a good number of winners. Horses such as Firefox, Found A Fifty, Teahupoo, Irish Point, Brighterdaysahead, Galvin, Delta Work, Jalon D’oudairies, and Gerri Colombe will lead the squad. 

Some of his most notable wins at the meeting include some of the greats of the modern era, such as the one and only Tiger Roll, who won at the Cheltenham Festival four times, and Don Cossack, who I previously mentioned. Envoi Allen, three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Sire Du Berlais, and Samcro are others to note.

His team for next month is littered with quality, which does give him every chance of having his best tally of at least eight winners. The bookmakers have him as the current 6/1 second favourite, and that is a very attractive price if you are looking for a bet against Willie Mullins. I will be surprised if he doesn’t have at least four winners.

How many Cheltenham Festival winners for Gordon Elliott? 

The County Meath-based handler has trained 37 Cheltenham Festival winners in total, with some of his biggest achievements including Don Cossack in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, two Champion Bumper wins, five Cross-Country Chases, two Triumph Hurdles, a Mares’ Hurdle, four National Hunt Chases, a Stayers’ Hurdle, and many more. 

Famous Cheltenham Festival Winners for Gordon Elliott: 

  • Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle: x2: Samcro (2018), Envoi Allen (2020)
  • Champion Bumper: x2: Fayonagh (2017), Envoi Allen (2019)
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup: x1: Don Cossack (2016)
  • Mares’ Hurdle: x1: Apple’s Jade (2017)
  • Cross-Country Chase: x5: Cause of Causes (2017), Tiger Roll (2018, 2019), Delta Work (2022, 2023)
  • Pertemps Final: x3: Delta Work (2018), Sire Du Berlais (2019, 2020)
  • Stayers’ Hurdle: x1: Sire Du Berlais (2023)
  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: x1: Labaik (2017)
  • Triumph Hurdle: x2: Tiger Roll (2014), Farclas (2018)
  • Golden Miller Novices’ Chase: x1: Samcro (2020)
  • JLT Novices’ Chase: x1: Shattered Love (2018)

 

Highest Profile Chances for Gordon Elliott in 2024: 

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Firefox 
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy: Found A Fifty
  • Cross-Country Chase: Delta Work, Galvin, and Coko Beach
  • Champion Bumper: Jalon D’oudairies
  • Stayers’ Hurdle: Irish Point, Teahupoo
  • Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle: Brighterdaysahead
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup: Gerri Colombe

 

Nicky Henderson - 10/1 

With the exception of Willie Mullins who is the most successful trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival, Nicky Henderson comes in a clear second on the list with 73 winners.

For all his wonderful achievements, he only had one winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, courtesy of Constitution Hill’s success in the Champion Hurdle. Nevertheless, he was the leading trainer at the four-day meeting in 2012 with seven winners, 2010 with three winners, and 2000 with four winners.

The star quality he has had and continues to have is untouchable in the UK, and a few of his notable winners at the Cheltenham Festival, which date back to the 1980s, include See You Then, Long Run, Buveur d’Air, Constitution Hill, Altior, and Sprinter Sacre. His big wins at the festival have not just been in Grade 1 races but also in most of the competitive handicaps. 

While he has a tough task to dethrone Willie Mullins, some of his leading contenders for next month’s meeting are sure to give him a fighting chance. 

They include Sir Gino, who dominates the Triumph Hurdle market; Constitution Hill, who is rapidly becoming one of the greats and will compete for back-to-back Champion Hurdle victories; Jonbon in the Champion Chase; and Shishkin in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

They are all going to be an important element in their quest to not only succeed but to also assist the Lambourn-based handler in potentially wrestling the top trainer crown. He is a fabulous trainer who has trained some giants of the sport, and therefore Britain’s most successful Cheltenham Festival trainer cannot be written off. 

How many Cheltenham Festival winners for Nicky Henderson? 

Henderson has trained an incredible 73 winners at the Festival.

Famous Cheltenham Festival Winners for Nicky Henderson: 

  •  Cheltenham Gold Cup: x2: Long Run (2011), Bobs Worth (2013)
  • Champion Hurdle: x9: See You Then (1985, 1986, 1987), Punjabi (2009), Binocular (2010), Buveur d’Air (2017, 2018), Epatante (2020), Constitution Hill (2023)
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase: x6: Remittance Man (1992), Finian’s Rainbow (2012), Sprinter Sacre (2013, 2016), Altior (2018, 2019)
  • Stayers’ Hurdle: x2: Rustle (1989), Bacchanal (2000)
  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: River Ceiriog (1986), Flown (1992), Altior (2016), Shishkin (2020), Constitution Hill (2023)
  • Triumph Hurdle: x7: First Bout (1985), Alone Success (1987), Katarino (1999), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015), Pentland Hills (2019)
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy: x7: Remittance Man (1991), Travado (1993), Tiutchev (2000), Sprinter Sacre (2012), Simonsig (2013), Altior (2017), and Shishkin (2021)
  • RSA Novices’ Chase: x4: Trabolgan (2005), Bobs Worth (2012), Might Bite (2017), Champ (2020)
  • Ryanair Chase: x2: Fondmort (2006), Riverside Theatre (2012)

 

Highest Profile Chances for Nicky Henderson in 2024: 

  • Champion Chase: Jonbon
  • Coral Cup: Doddiethegreat
  • Champion Hurdle: Constitution Hill
  • Triumph Hurdle: Sir Gino
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup: Shishkin
  • County Hurdle: Iberico Lord

 

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