Elliott, Mullins and Henderson Co Favourites For Cheltenham

Elliott, Mullins and Henderson Co Favourites For Cheltenham

The three men who have dominated the last nine Cheltenham Festivals - Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson cannot be split ahead of this year's meeting, as several bookmakers subject them as 2/1 co-favourites for the position of Top Trainer.

Despite landing two of the four Championship Races last season, Nicky Henderson could not overcome Gordon Elliott's domination of the week, but looks close in the hunt this year to take the title for the first time since 2012.

Since then it has been an Irish domination, with messers Mullins and Elliott sharing the spoils in the last six years - two for Elliott in the last two years which ended a four-year winning streak for Ireland's Champion Trainer Mullins.

It would be some surprise if one of the three will not be reigning supreme at the end of the week, with several firms valuing last year's Gold Cup winning trainer Colin Tizzard next best at 25/1, with Paul Nicholls; top trainer at the Festival six times, priced at 33/1.

Jockey wise, Ruby Walsh - who has ridden more winners at the Festival than anyone, stands as the 2/1 favourite to be Top Jockey for the twelfth time.

Jack Kennedy is 5/1 for a first title, matched by dual table topper Barry Geraghty, looking for his first title since 2012. Last year's winner Davy Russell at 6/1, whilst Nico de Boinville, who has Altior to look forward to is 12/1.