The horse may get most of the plaudits from racing fans, but it takes two to win a race at the Cheltenham Festival. That is why the top jockeys that compete at the Cheltenham Festival are sought out by horse racing trainers and owners to bring home silverware.
The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest horse race meeting in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It draws hundreds of thousands of fans and punters to Prestbury Park in the heart of the Cotswolds every March. The festival also attracts the best racehorses, trainers, and jockeys.
Top jockey betting is a market that many punters love to wager on. Select the jockey that will win the most races at the festival and you can be in the money. Top jockeys will be on hand for this year’s edition of the horse racing festival. A jockey can make all the difference in a race. The best of the best can get that little extra out of their horse and that can be the difference between you winning and losing a bet.
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It is often asked, “how important is a good jockey?” A good jockey is vital to a horse winning a race. You can have the fastest horse in the world, yet with an inexperienced jockey, that horse could fail to win a race.
Over the course of a long race, a good rider can win races that poor riders will lose. A poor rider can make mistakes resulting in their horse missing out on a win. Racehorses run between 35 and 40 miles an hour and a jockey must make split-second decisions. The better jockeys make fewer mistakes during a race.
Some horse racing experts are split over how important a jockey is to a racehorse. Some claim that a race win is 25% jockey and 75% horse. Others state it is the opposite. Still, even 25% is a lot when considering a race win, especially at the Cheltenham Festival. It is important to know the jockeys that are riding in the races. If you plan to wager on a top horse to win the Gold Cup, it is wise to know just who is riding it.
Cheltenham Champion Day Jockeys
The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, 10 March with Champion Day. The day will see seven races run as the festivities get underway. Due to the number of races on the schedule during the Cheltenham Festival, the top jockeys will ride multiple times during the four-day event. Cheltenham Champion Day gives fans and punters the chance to see the festival’s jockeys for the first time. They will be fresh when they sit in the saddle. The 2019 edition of the Cheltenham Festival saw Nico de Boinville crowned top Cheltenham Festival jockey. It was his first-ever top jockey win at the festival as he took home first place in three races. De Boinville rode Altior, Pentland Hills, and William Henry to victories. Expect to see De Boinville in the saddle for Nicky Henderson’s horses again this year. De Boinville tends to have his pick of Henderson’s stable
Cheltenham Ladies Day Jockeys
Davy Russell was the top jockey in 2018 with four wins. He had a poor 2019 and left Prestbury Park without a single victory. Now, Russell is back and will want to perform well. Russell regularly works with trainer Gordon Elliott and the Gigginstown House Stud horses. Experts believe Russell will get on the scoresheet this year with a win. Elliott’s horses will be littering the races throughout the Cheltenham Festival. Russell could ride Elliott’s horse Hardline to glory at the Queen Mother Champion Chase. It is a race he has never won, although Russell did win the 2014 Gold Cup.
Cheltenham St Patricks Day Jockeys
In 2019, 20 different jockeys won at the Cheltenham Festival. Keep in mind, there are 28 races at the race meeting. The festival does see repeat winners, but there is still plenty of variety each year. Rachel Blackmore is one of the top female jockeys competing in horse racing. She is tipped as a potential winner at this year’s edition of the meeting. Blackmore will ride for the Henry de Bromhead stable and could be in the saddle of Minella Indo for the Stayers’ Hurdle.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Day Jockeys
Jockey Paul Townend is the reigning Gold Cup-winning jockey. Townend was in the saddle of Al Boum Photo in 2019. He will have the pick of the litter at Willie Mullins’ stable and will be in the saddle once more for the trainer in the Gold Cup. Last year also saw Townend win the Arkle Chase with Duc Des Genievres. Cheltenham Festival Jockeys Odds & Information will be good for Townend. He will be Mullins’ first choice for each race. The jockey should ride Al Boum Photo once more in this year’s Gold Cup race.
The Cheltenham Festival will be live at Prestbury Park on Tuesday, 10 March to Friday, 13 March. Four days of great horse racing will take place with hundreds of millions of pounds wagered on the races. Don’t miss out on the action and check back with Cheltenhambetting.com regularly for the latest Cheltenham Festival Jockeys Odds & Information.