2018 Cheltenham Festival – How Many Irish-Trained Winners?

2018 Cheltenham Festival – How Many Irish-Trained Winners?

2018 Cheltenham Festival – How Many Irish-Trained Winners?

With the presence of the Irish-trained horses increasing by the year at the Cheltenham Festival then ‘How Many Irish Trained Winners’ is another popular market in the build-up, and even in-play during the four-days action.

Irish-trained runners, and those stabled in Britain, fight it out each year over the four days for the BetBright Cup. Whoever wins the most races takes the prize, a draw (14-14) and the honours are shared – it’s as simple as that!

If we look back over recent festivals we’ll see that in 2013 they had a record 14 winners from the 27 races (52%), while in 2014 they weren’t far behind with 12 Cheltenham Festival successes, while in 2015 and 2016 they fired in 13 winners each year.

However, it was 12 months ago in 2017 that they recorded their biggest ever haul after winning 19 of the 28 races! That meant a staggering 68% of all 2017 Cheltenham Festival races went to an Irish-trained runner!

Will it be more of the same in 2018? With another very strong team of runners heading over the Irish Sea to Prestbury Park in 2018 then it’s easy to see why the bookies have the Irish as the clear favourites to out-score the British-trained runners again.

This is backed-up when looking at the ‘Top Cheltenham Trainers Betting’ as two of the main three in the market are Irish. Gordon Elliott, who was the top trainer at the Festival for the first time in 2017, will be sending over another huge team, while the same can be said for the Willie Mullins camp. Add in a strong team from the Irish-based Jessie Harrington, plus Henry de Bromhead yards then the depth in Ireland’s runners this year looks better than ever!

Yes, Nicky Henderson might have something to say about that with the likes of Altior, Buveur D’Air and Might Bite in his yard, but the Seven Barrows handler can’t take on Mullins and Elliott on his own.

Paul Nicholls doesn’t seem to have the ‘big guns’ he once had in what has been a bit of a transition few seasons for him, so with 28 races up for grabs again in 2018 it will be a huge shock if the Irish aren’t winning this battle once again.


Cheltenham Festival – Irish-trained Winners (Since 2005)

2017 (19): Labaik, Apple’s Jade, Tiger Roll, Tully East, Supasundae, Special Tiara, Cause Of Causes, Fayonagh, Yorkhill, Presenting Percy, Un de Sceaux, Nichols Canyon, Road To Respect, Let’s Dance, Arctic Fire, Penhill, Sizing John, Champagne Classic, Rock The World

2016 (13): Ivanovich Gorbatov, Don Cossack, On The Fringe, Black Hercules, Mall Dini, Vautour, Empire Of Dirt, Limini, Cause of Causes, Yorkhill, Douvan, Annie Power, Vroum Vroum Mag,

2015 (13): Douvan, Un De Sceaux, Faugheen, Glens Melody, Cause of Causes, Windsor Park, Don Poli, Rivage D’Or, Vautour, Wicklow Brave, Martello Tower, On The Fringe, Killultagh Vic

2014 (12): Vautour, Jezki, Quevega, Faugheen, Silver Concorde, Spring Heeled, Tiger Roll, Very Wood, Lord Windermere, Tammys Hill, Don Poli, Savello,

2013 (14): Quevega, Champagne Fever, Hurricane Fly, Back In Focus, Briar Hill, Lord Windermere, Flaxen Flare, Benefficient, Solwhit, Big Shu, Our Conor, Ted Veale, Salsify, Alderwood

2012 (5): Quevega, Champagne Fever, Sir Des Champs, Alderwood, and Salsify

2011 (13): Hurricane Fly, Sizing Australia, Quevega, Chicago Grey, First Lieutenant, Bostons Angel, Sizing Europe, Carlito Brigante, What A Charm, Noble Prince, Final Approach, Zemsky, Sir Des Champs

2010 (7): Sizing Europe, A New Story, Quevega, Waepon’s Amnesty, Big Zeb, Thousand Stars, Berties Dream

2009 (9): Go Native, Forpadydeplasterer, Garde Champetre, Quevega, Quevega, Mikael D’Haguenet, Cooldine, Ninetieth Minute, Dunguib, Weapon’s Amnestry

2008 (7): Captain Cee Bee, Garde Champetre, Fiveforthree, Cousin Vinny, Finger On the Pulse, Tiger Cr, Silver Jaro

2007 (5): Ebaziyan, Sublimity, Heads On the Ground, Cork All Star, Pedrobob

2006 (10): Brave Inca, Dun Doire, Native Jack, Nicanor, Newmill, Sky’s The Limit, Hairy Molly, Kadoun, War Of Attrition, Whyso Mayo

2005 (9): Hardy Eustace, Spot Thedifference, Dabiroun, Moscow Flyer, Missed That, Another Rum, Oulart, Kicking King, Fota Island



Cheltenham Festival – Championship Races

Champion Hurdle – 20 Year Trends

12/20 – Irish-trained winners
8/20 – British-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained 4 of the last 7 winners
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 3 of the last 9 winners

Champion Chase – 20 Year Trends

14/20 – British-trained winners
6/20 – Irish-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) is yet to train the winner
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 3 of the last 6 winners (won the race 4 times in total)
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 5 of the last 18 winners
Henry de Bromhead (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 7 winners
Jessica Harrington (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 15 winners

Stayers Hurdle – 20 Year Trends

16/20 – British-trained winners
2/20 – French-trained winners
2/20 – Irish-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained just 1 winner of the race (2017, Nichols Canyon)
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained just 1 winner of the race (2000, Bacchanal)
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 4 of the last 9 winners
Jonjo O’Neill (UK has trained 2 of the last 14 winners
Ruby Walsh has ridden 5 of the last 9 winners

Cheltenham Gold Cup – 20 Year Trends

15/20 – British-trained winners
5/20 – Irish-trained winners (3 of last 4 though)
Willie Mullins (Ire) has never trained the winner
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 2 of the last 7 winners
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 3 of the last 11 winners (4 in total)