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Top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds: Townend favourite to land the most winners

| 07.03.2022

Who will ride the most winners at the Cheltenham Festival?

It’s not just the very best horses on show at the Cheltenham Festival, but also the top riders from both sides of the Irish Sea. The Festival is one of the few occasions in the year when the weighing room is awash with talent as the jockeys go in search of a precious Cheltenham Festival winner.  

In 2021 Rachael Blackmore made history when she became the first female jockey to leave Prestbury Park with the leading rider award and she’ll be hopeful of adding to her Cheltenham Festival tally this time around.  

She features below as we look through the Cheltenham betting to see which rider will come out on top in our top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds.  

Paul Townend (4/5) 

Willie Mullins’ number one is favourite in our top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds and the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winning rider will be hoping to regain the leading rider award he surrendered to Blackmore in 2021.  

He was top Cheltenham Festival jockey in his first full season in the Closutton hot-seat in 2020 and will hope to at least match the five winners he notched up then.

He has 15 Festival winners in total, including three last year, and will count the likes of Sir Gerhard, Allaho and Galopin Des Champs amongst his likely mounts this time around.  

Rachael Blackmore (7/2)  

We have already taken a look at Blackmore’s best Cheltenham Festival rides for 2022 and although matching last year’s tally of six may be a tough task, the Tipperary rider is still the second favourite for the top prize in our top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds.  

Once again, she will be relying on long-time ally Henry de Bromhead to provide the majority of her ammunition, but she is one of the go-to names in the weighing room and having provided two of her winners in 2021, don’t be surprised to see Blackmore get the leg-up for Mullins when she is not in action for her main employer.  

Honeysuckle is currently the shortest priced of all her possible mounts as the two queens of Irish racing look to combine for a second Champion Hurdle triumph, but Blackmore will be desperate to go one better than last year’s second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard her former Festival winner A Plus Tard.  

Rachael Blackmore, horse racing, top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds

Davy Russell (5/1) 

The winning-most Cheltenham Festival rider still in the weighing room, Russell will be looking to make amends for missing last season’s Festival through injury.  

The 42-year-old wiley old fox of the weighing room has a wealth of knowledge at his disposal and is likely to have covered every inch of Prestbury Park turf on horseback throughout his long and distinguished career in the saddle.  

Russell has ridden 22 Cheltenham Festival winners in total including at least one every year from 2006 to 2018. That year he walked away with the leading rider award for the one and only time when recording four winners over the four days. 

He will bid for a second Gold Cup with Galvin in 2021 and could also be aboard Tiger Roll when he has his racecourse swansong in the Cross Country Chase.  

Nico de Boinville (10/1) 

Nicky Henderson’s stable jockey is the shortest priced British-based rider in our Cheltenham Festival top jockey odds.  

With 13 Cheltenham Festival winners to his name, he is known for having ice in his veins and being a man for the big occasion.  

One of the finest horseman around Prestbury Park, he is rarely out of position and has the task of steering Shishkin to success in the Champion Chase in 2022 as well as riding Constitution Hill in the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.  

Nico De Boinville, horse racing, top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds

Jack Kennedy (10/1) 

The 22-year-old first landed a winner at the Festival in 2017 and has added a further eight winners at Prestbury Park since.  

He registered four winners in 2018, missing out on the top rider award because of riding fewer placed horses than Russell, while he recorded another four 12 months ago.  

Kennedy started the week with an opening-day double on Black Tears and Galvin, but his biggest day in the saddle came later that week when partnering Minella Indo to glory in the blue riband.  

Although he may miss out on the ride on the defending Gold Cup champion this time, he is still worth plenty of consideration in our top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds thanks to the plethora of leading fancies he will ride for his boss Gordon Elliott.  

Mark Walsh (16/1) 

JP McManus’ number one in Ireland, Walsh will be hoping to guide the leading owner’s green and gold silks into the winner’s enclosure on multiple occasions throughout the week.  

He has five Festival victories to his name, including a Champion Hurdle, and is foolish to ignore in our top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds, with Elimay and a whole host of handicap plots amongst his book of rides.  

Mark Walsh, horse racing, top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds

Patrick Mullins (20/1) 

The only amateur in our top Cheltenham Festival jockey odds, the son of the Festival’s leading trainer knows what it takes to guide one to victory at this meeting and could get the leg-up aboard plenty of his father’s leading chances.  

He is set to be aboard the favourite for two of the three races restricted to amateur riders, while he will also partner the odds-on favourite Facile Vega in the Champion Bumper. He could also ride as second jockey to the Closutton battalion and is likely to be on top whoever Townend rejects in the Champion Chase – Energumene or Chacun Pour Soi.  

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