Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins head the betting for the top trainer prize at the Cheltenham Festival, followed closely by Nicky Henderson.
William Hill Top Trainer Prices
Gordon Elliott 7-4
Willie Mullins 7-4
Nicky Henderson 15-8
Paul Nicholls 20-1
The Gordon Elliott Challenge Is Likely To Be Headed By The Following Horses:
APPLE’S JADE – 11-8 with William Hill.
While also holding an entry in the Champion Hurdle and Stayers’ Hurdle connections have stated that the daughter of Saddler Maker will attempt to win this race for a second time.
Impressive winner of a strong renewal in 2017 when getting the better of the Mullins’ trained duo of Vroum Vroum Mag and Limini the seven-year-old could only finish third 12 months ago behind the Closutton pair of Benie Des Dieux and Augusta Kate.
That was clearly not the same Apple’s Jade who has carried all before her this season, winning all three starts by a total of 57 lengths. If in the same kind of form on the first day of the festival the mare is going to take plenty of beating.
@OLBG Mares' Hurdle entries have been announced…— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) January 17, 2019
Last years winner BENIE DES DIEUX and 2017 winner APPLE'S JADE among the 30 entries…
Will it be a battle between previous winners, or will be see a new star? pic.twitter.com/bFNiyjrXqk
BATTLEOVERDOYEN – 6-1 with Ladbrokes.
Impressive winner of a NH Flat Race at Punchestown last November the six-year-old has gone on to win both of his races over hurdles, the most recent when justifying favouritism in a Grade 1 at Naas earlier this month. An exciting prospect but with his two main rivals at Naas failing to give their running the jury is out on whether the son of Doyen can emulate Samcro’s victory in the race last year.
DELTA WORK – 9-2 with William Hill.
Following a similar path to current Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy who won the Pertemps Final at the festival in 2017 before taking this race last year.
The Network gelding is unbeaten in three starts over fences and his most recent victory in Leopardstown’s Neville Hotels Novice Chase is possibly the best piece of form shown by a staying novice so far this season.
Delta Work’s previous win over Le Richebourg has received a boost with that horse going on to win the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase next time. Hard to fault and should probably be clear ante-post favourite in the latest Cheltenham festival betting odds ahead of market leader Santini.
TIGER ROLL – 5-2 with Paddy Power and Coral in their ante-post Cheltenham betting odds.
Last year’s Grand National winner will attempt to win this race for the second year running and the fourth time at the festival, despite being just a nine-year-old. Certain to take plenty of beating as would be giving weight all round in a handicap. Many people’s idea as one of the bankers of the meeting.
Triumph Hurdle, National Hunt Chase & Cross Country @CheltenhamRaces Festival. Now a Grand National hero @AintreeRaces @itvracing. No doubt in his own way Tiger Roll is one of the most extraordinary horses to have graced the turf. Yeeehaaa! 🏇😎 pic.twitter.com/wIOaFzk64y— Matt Chapman (@MCYeeehaaa) April 14, 2018
UCELLO CONTI – 7-1 with bet365 and Betvictor.
Plenty of form in many of the top staying handicaps including when still in with a chance when unseating his rider four-out in last year’s Grand National. Now an eleven-year-old the son of Martaline made a winning start as a hunter chaser when taking advantage of his main market rival who unseated at the last when disputing the lead. Sure to be a force in this division which doesn’t look particularly strong this season.