St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, which means that it is almost time for the Cheltenham Festival. Possibly the biggest event in horse jumping will draw fans from all over the UK, Ireland and the world to Cheltenham Racecourse for four days of world class racing.
That also means plenty of betting opportunities not just on trifectas or exactas, but also on props. Sportsbook has released a full list of prop bets for the event and we take a look at a few of them here.
This award has basically been a foregone conclusion over the past decade with Ruby Walsh winning the prize in eight of the past 10 years. The past 10 years have seen Walsh win a combined 37 races in Gloucestershire.
Walsh is an overwhelming -275 favorite to claim the Top Jockey prize yet again. Sitting just being Walsh is Barry Geraghty, the only jockey to win the award other than Walsh in the past eight years. Over the past decade, Geraghty has won 24 races at the Cheltenham Festival.
This category has been dominated by Willie Mullins with the former jockey winning the award in four of the past five years. Last season saw Mullins train more Sportsbooks than anyone has ever done in a single Cheltenham Festival with eight of his horses picking up victories.
Mullins, who is a -1400 favorite to win the award again, is so dominant that Sportsbook has a separate category for betting on this award that doesn’t include him.
In both instances, Nicky Henderson has the next best odds to Mullins to win top trainer. The British born trainer won the award in 2010 and 2012.
Total Willie Mullins Sportsbooks
Mullins is such a dominant trainer that there is a total set for how many of his horses will leave Cheltenham with wins. 7.0 is the total set for Mullins’ horses, with both OVER and UNDER coming in at -120.
Though Mullins saw a ridiculous number of his horses win last year, only twice has one trainer had seven or more wins in a single Cheltenham Festival (Mullins 2015, Henderson 2012).