Who will be Top Trainer at Cheltenham?

Willie Mullins has saddled seven winners in three of the last five Cheltenham Festivals and it would no surprise to see him repeat the feat again this year. In fact, this is arguably the strongest team Mullins has ever brought over to Cheltenham. 

It’s almost frightening how good his squad is: Al Boum Photo, Appreciate It, Chacun Pour Soi, Concertista, Elmiay, Energumene, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Kilcruit, Monkfish.The list goes on. With a number of short-priced favourites, he’s set to dominate another year at the Cheltenham Festival. 

He already had a very good squad coming over to Cheltenham but given recent events, Henry de Bromhead has an even stronger squad now. Honeysuckle is eyeing Champion Hurdle glory, Ballyadam, currently third-favourite for the  Supreme is a very handy recruit currently as well as Minella Indo and Put The Kettle on who can’t be ruled out. Moreover, he has Envoi Allen in the Marsh, who is one of the most backed horses on oddschecker for the whole Festival so far this year. 

Henry also told us on our latest episode of Studs Up how he thought Minella Melody was a huge price in the Mares’ Hurdle, where she’s currently available at 20/1.

Next on the list is a trainer with a small but select Cheltenham squad, and in particular, two horses who have live chances.

Kim Bailey has had a fine season to date and is on course to have his highest number of winners in a season in a quite a few of years. His best two chances come in the form of Happygolucky and Imperial Aura. The former has been the subject of a gamble over the last couple of weeks and is now the current favourite for the Ultima. A mark of 147 looks attractive for the exciting novice chaser, who’s two from three so far this season.

The latter has been strong in the betting in the Ryanair and of course won at the Festival last year. We spoke to him earlier in the week to talk about his horses, you can watch the video on our YouTube channel. 

Cheltenham Top Trainer Odds:

Trainer Odds

Willie Mullins

1/5

Henry De Bromhead

7/1

Nicky Henderson

11/1

Denise Foster

12/1

 

Who will be Top Jockey at Cheltenham?

Given Willie Mullins’ firepower this year, it’s highly likely Paul Townend will have numerous winners. That’s reflected in his 1/3 price tag to be the Festival Top Jockey. Rival jockeys must be looking on in envy at his book of rides. 

He’s only got better since becoming the stable jockey for Mullins and this year’s Cheltenham Festival could be his most fruitful yet. He could very well beat his tally of five winners last year. 

She may not win as many races at Townend, but Rachael Blackmore is going from strength-to-strength and has a great chance at some winners next week. 

She will yet again partner the superstar mare Honeysuckle, and winning the Champion Hurdle would only further strengthen their incredible partnership. Bob Olinger, who has been very well backed in the last two weeks, also offers her a great opportunity in the Ballymore and Minella Indo has a chance in the Gold Cup. 

Cheltenham Top Jockey Odds: 

Jockey Odds

Paul Townend

1/3

Jack Kennedy

4/1

Nico de Boinville

12/1

Rachel Blackmore

12/1