2016 Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey Betting Guide: The ‘Top Jockey’ betting at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival is always a fascinating market and provides punters with another sub-plot to keep them interested over the four-days of top-notch National Hunt action.
With top jockeys like Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty, Bryan Cooper, Richard Johnson, and Sam Twiston-Davies all attached to some of the most powerful yards in the UK and Ireland then racegoers will be hunting through the entries and trying to plot which of the leading jockeys have the best rides – and, therefore, the best chance of trying to scoop the top Cheltenham Festival Jockey award.
In recent year’s Ruby Walsh has dominated this market – ridding the most winners over the four days seven times in the last 8 seasons, including in 2015, and 9 times in all. His association with the powerful Willie Mullins team, that fired in 8 Festival winners in 2015, makes him the clear favourite again the 2016 Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey betting market and with that in mind it’s easy to see why the ‘silver fox’ pilot is already as short as 1/3 with Paddy Power to take his Cheltenham Top Jockey haul to 10.
Walsh will have the pick of all the Mullins horses over the Festival, while he’s sure to also pick up plenty of spares even without any Mullins runners in certain races. While all those chances and we’ve not even mentioned the Champion Bumper – a race Willie Mullins loves winning! So, Ruby is a worthy favourite? With the pick of another powerful Willie Mullins string and no AP McCoy to worry about we certainly think so!
Barry Geraghty, With AP McCoy retired Geraghty picked up the spare job with top NH owner JP McManus and will have the pick of his horses over the four days. He’ll also be snapped-up by other top yards and at around 7/1 with Skybet he rates the next best in the 2016 top Cheltenham jockey betting.
Of the rest, top Irish jockey Bryan Cooper, who will ride most of the Giggintown Stud horses after taking over as their number one jockey from Davy Russell, is interesting – he’s on offer at 11/1 with Skybet. While the other name worth a mention is Sam Twiston-Davies – he’s attached as number one jockey to the Paul Nicholls yard, so that will, of course, stand him in good order. It will be a shock if he’s not on the score sheet at least 2-3 times, but will that be enough? He can be backed at 12/1 with Boylesports.
Finally, the last thing to note when it comes to this market is don’t forget that seconds, thirds and even fourth-placed finishes can even help land a jockey this prize. In the event of a tie (winners) then the amount of seconds, and then thirds will be taken into account!
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Recent Cheltenham Festival ‘Top Jockey’ Hall Of Fame
2015: Ruby Walsh (4)
2014: Ruby Walsh (3)
2013: Ruby Walsh (4)
2012: Barry Geraghty (5)
2011: Ruby Walsh (5)
2010: Ruby Walsh (3)
2009: Ruby Walsh (7)
2008: Ruby Walsh (3)
2007: Robert Thornton (4)
2006: Ruby Walsh (3)
2005: Graham Lee (3)
2004: Ruby Walsh (3)
2003: Barry Geraghty (5)
2002: Richard Johnson (2)
2001: Meeting Abandoned
2000: Mick Fitzgerald (4)
1999: Mick Fitzgerald (4)
1998: Tony McCoy (5)
1997: Tony McCoy (3)
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