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Mullins and Ruby backed to be Cheltenham champions

March 8th, 2018 Horse Racing, News & Events, Press Release

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh are both being backed to have a big Cheltenham and take away the champion trainer and champion jockey prizes.

The Clonsutton-based trainer and his number one jockey, are favoured by the Bookmakers to come out on top.

Walsh, who has been out injured since November with a broken leg, is due to return to action before the Festival later this month.

Walsh, who has won 10 top-jockey prizes at Cheltenham, last lost the title to Barry Geraghty in 2012 but despite his absence from the saddle he is odds-on to win at 5/6.

Likewise, Mullins is being backed in for the title and is Evens favourite – although he is not defending the title as arch-rival Gordon Elliott captured the top-trainer prize at Prestbury Park last term.

“There are always plenty of fascinating markets around Cheltenham, but the leading trainer and jockey markets are huge,” said OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton.

“Walsh is odds-on at 8/11 and will only get shorter, Barry Geraghty is his nearest rivals at 4/1 but if you like Walsh – now looks the time to back him.

“However, the same can’t be said for the trainer prize – the money is coming for Mullins, but we can still see plenty of value here.

“Elliott is the defending champion and has to be respected, whilst we think Nicky Henderson could have a great festival – he has realistic chance of winning the big three races, the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup – something that has never happened in Cheltenham history.”

Selected Cheltenham odds – 
Champion Trainer:
EVS Willie Mullins
7/4 Gordon Elliott
5/2 Nicky Henderson
33/1 Joseph O’Brien
33/1 Paul Nicholls
33/1 Alan King

Champion Jockey:
8/11 Ruby Walsh
4/1 Barry Geraghty
6/1 Jack Kennedy
8/1 Davy Russell
16/1 Nico De Boinville
20/1 Robbie Power
25/1 Richard Johnson