Cheltenham Festival Outright Betting


Top Trainer - Willie Mullins 1/1

Cheltenham festival hall of fame trainer Willie Mullins is always the trainer to watch out for at the four day meeting finishing top trainer six of the last seven renewals of the March festival.

With that in mind Mullins holds the joint most amount of winners with 65 and he will be sure to add to that this season with some very talented horses set to go to post.

In most of the feature Grade One events across the week he could hold up to at least two chances in each race and after taking the top spot last year with what looked a weaker team of runners he can't be overlooked this season.

Top Jockey - Barry Geraghty 5/1

Barry Geraghty is a jockey that has been at the top of his game for a number of years now and with many of the best riders of his generation going on to retire he seems to be one of the best of that bunch left.

The Irishman has not been short of winners at the festival during his career and last season he put in a stellar performance to land two winners at the meeting.

2012 was the last time he became champion jockey at Prestbury Park and we believe it is long overdue with him having a superb book of rides across the four days.

These include the likes of Defi Du Seuil, Sire De Berlais, Epatante and Champ to name a few.

Top Owner - JP McManus 2/5

JP McManus is the winning most owner at Cheltenham having just under 600 winners at the prestigious track and during his time at the festivals he has notched 59 winners.

He is a very short price to land the owners championship again this season after taking the spoils last season and the arsenal he possess as he enters the four days is astonishing.

In most of the Grade Ones he either has the favourite or a very good chance in the contests but also in the handicaps which is where he has landed huge gambles over the years and will be looking to do so again.

He is set to field more horses than last season and that should only mean one thing for the owner.

Prestbury Cup - Ireland 4/6

To round off our four fold we have looked at the time old competition between the UK and the Irish trained horses during the festival with the Prestbury Cup being a huge bragging rights event between punters over the years.

Last season the spoils were shard between the two countries with Early Doors for Joseph O'Brien landing the last race of the festival for Ireland seeing 14 winners a piece.

However, it looks as though the Irish should get the better of the British this season with a much better plan of attack and some really strong runners compared to that of the locals.

They're are more Irish favourites currently in the betting market than British, hence the odds on price