Betting on the Cheltenham Festival allows punters to pick certain trainers to scoop up several wins with their selection of horses, and many of the Cheltenham betting offers involve enhancements on certain trainers to pick up several wins throughout the week. This article covers the trainers worth keeping an eye on in this year’s Festival.
I suppose we have to start with the obvious, the man who has dominated the past four Festivals and that is WILLIE MULLINS who has taken the title of leading trainer in 2013 (5 Winners) 2014 (4 winners) 2015 (8 winners) and 2016 (7 Winners).
This year however, Mullins will not have the Gigginstown team to rely on as in September owner Michael O’Leary removed all his 60 horses from Mulllins yard after a row concerning the training fees.
Mullins loss was GORDON ELLIOTT’S gain for the man who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for them last season with Don Cossack was due to be the beneficiary of the majority.
Prior to Mullins domination of the trainers’ title, NICKY HENDERSON lifted the prize with 7 winners in 2012.
Henderson is far and away the winning-most trainer of Festival winners (53 in total) he has won every Grade One at the Festival at some stage and been champion trainer 9 times.
It is seldom the Seven Barrows maestro leaves the 4-day festival without at least one winner.
PAUL NICHOLLS was the man to fear back in 2006-2009 when he took the title of leading trainer for four consecutive years, but the fire-power he had then (Big Bucks, Denman, Kauto Star, Master Minded) have all earned their retirement and he has struggled to replace them.
He will have chances over the four days but there is no stand out good thing coming out of Ditcheat.
A trainer with an embarrassment of riches currently is COLIN TIZZARD and he is currently long odd-on to lift the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year as he has the first three in the current betting.
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|NATIVE RIVER||C Tizzard||Richard Johnson||11/2|
|CUE CARD||C Tizzard||Paddy Brennan||12/1|
In a recent interview with the Racing Post, Tizzard confirmed that all 3 will probably have another start before the Gold Cup but the Cheltenham showpiece was still the main target for them all.
TIZZARD has another star in the making with Finian’s Oscar and he is the current favourite for the Neptune Novice Hurdle on the Wednesday.
Unlike Tizzard, other top trainers like NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES, PHILLIP HOBBS, ALAN KING and JONJO O’NEILL are all having to shuffle their packs to find a possible to go to war with as none have a stand out Cheltenham Festival contender at the time of writing.
Over in Ireland, which has such a strong bond with the Festival, HENRY DE BROMHEAD, NOEL MEADE and JESSICA HARRINGTON will be starting to fine tune their entries and it looks like another battle royal will ensue to see which Country comes out on top after the 28 races have been run.
If all the market leaders won each race of 2017 (and that’s not such a stupid statement as it very nearly happened last year) then the trainer’s title would like this;
- WILLIE MULLINS: 8 wins
- COLIN TIZZARD: 3 wins
- GORDON ELLIOTT: 2 wins
- DAVID PIPE: 2 wins
- JONJO O’NEILL: 2 wins
- EDNA BOLGER: 2 wins
- NOEL MEADE: 1 win
- TONY MARTIN: 1 win
- ALAN KING: 1 win
- DAN SKELTON: 1 win
- NICKY HENDERSON: 1 win
- VENETIA WILLIAMS: 1 win
- PAUL NICHOLLS: 1 win
- HILIP HOBBS: 1 win
Entries for the Champion bumper have not yet been made.