Cheltenham Festival 2018 – Five Jockeys To Follow

Cheltenham Festival 2018 – Five Jockeys To Follow

Cheltenham Festival Jockeys

We’ve picked out five jockeys for you guys to keep an eye on this year…

Fancy heading into Cheltenham this year with a new betting tactic of following jockeys? Well, we’ve picked out five jockeys for you guys who should be well in with a shout of landing some big each way winners to top those betting accounts up for you guys.

The first jockey we will take a look at is Bryony Frost.

Bryony Frost

Yard – Paul Nicholls 

Already a dual Grade 3 winner at the age of just 22, Bryony Frost is slowly building up a reputation as being one of the most promising female national hunt jockeys in the game. Paul Nicholls’ Conditional jockey, she staked her claims for a big Cheltenham with victory aboard Black Corton in the Kauto Star Novices Chase on Boxing Day and with Nicholls all set to send a strong team to the Cotswolds this March, Frost will not be short of top quality rides. Daughter of Grand National winner Jimmy Frost, class runs through the family. She’s already shown her form over the Cheltenham gallops claiming five wins and two places from her 14 career rides there which included victory on Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters Chase last year. Her claim has recently been cut from 5lbs to 3lbs which clearly shows she’s a force to be reckoned with this year.

Jack Kennedy

Yard – Gordon Elliott

Well well well, not many words can describe just what this young man is potentially capable of achieving as a jockey. Already stable jockey for Gordon Elliott at the age of 18, he’s already one of the most highly rated jockeys in the game. He burst on to the scene in stylish fashion last year steering Labaik to Supreme Novices Hurdle glory in emphatic fashion at a hefty price of 25/1. That turned out to be his only winner of the festival but with Bryan Cooper sacked as Elliott’s main stable jockey and Kennedy now the man that Elliott has turned to to replace Cooper, it is almost inevitable he’ll better his 2017 tally, especially with the likes of Samcro, Apple’s Jade & Shattered Love all short in the betting for their specific races. He’s unbeaten on both Samcro and Shattered Love and along with his 21 Grade wins already, he’s going to be hard to back against this year.

James Bowen

Yard – Peter Bowen, Nicky Henderson & Christian Williams

A young jockey who turns 17 the day before Cheltenham starts, he’s had a near remarkable season so far claiming over £500,000 in prize money along with two Grade 3 wins in the process at the tender age of 16. A young man who mainly rides for his father Peter Bowen, he has also ridden seven winners from his 14 rides for top trainer Nicky Henderson along with four winners from 10 rides for Christian Williams. With Henderson all but set to send a majority of his stable to Cheltenham, Bowen will no doubt get his chance on a couple of decent outsiders and if he can reproduce his form from this season then he’s in with a cracking chance of picking up a couple of winners.

Lizzie Kelly

Yard – Nick Williams

One of the most consistent female jockeys on the circuit, Lizzie Kelly is set to ride Tea For Two in the Gold Cup for the second year running after she became the first female jockey to ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year in 33 years, some achievement. She’s currently stable jockey for Christian Williams who has some interesting runners lined up for Cheltenham in the shape of Tea For Two, Le Rocher, Esprit De Somoza, Flying Tiger and Agrapart. Kelly is one of the most in form jockeys so far this year with a current strike rate of 23.53% in 2018 so she can’t ruled out of having a massive festival winner!

David Mullins

Yard – Willie Mullins, Henry De Bromhead, Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson

Nephew of the legendary trainer Willie Mullins, David Mullins is already making a name for himself after winning the Grand National aboard Rule The World in 2016 and going on to claim 21 Grade victories at the age of 21. There’s a fair bit of reasoning behind why we believe he will have a big Cheltenham. The first reason been the fact that with questions still surrounding the fitness of his Uncle’s main riders Ruby Walsh and Paul Townend, he could well find himself riding Willie Mullins first string horses instead of third in the major races. So that means he could end up steering the likes of Getabird, Footpad, Min and Un De Sceaux just to name a few. The second and final reason why we believe he will pick up a couple of winners is due to just how many top trainers he’s trusted by. He’s has big race wins on such horses as Brain Power and Next Destination in the past so if the elite of the training world put their trust in him once again at Cheltenham, he will potentially pick up a fair few winners.

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