2019 Cheltenham Festival – How Many Irish-Trained Winners?
Irish-trained runners, and those stabled in Britain, fight it out each year over the four days for the Prestbury 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 the Irish 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 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!
In 2018 it was pretty much more of the same too as the Irish-trained horses landed 17 of the 28 races, with the British runners grabbing 11.
Therefore, with another very strong team of runners heading over the Irish Sea to Prestbury Park in 2019, then it’s easy to see why the bookies have the Irish as the clear favourites to out-score the British-trained runners again.
The Betting: Before the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, Ireland are around 4/6 and GB 7/4, with the draw 7/1 (odds subject to change).
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 second time in 2018, 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 just as good as ever!
Yes, Nicky Henderson might have something to say about that with the likes of Altior, Buveur D’Air in his yard, and the Paul Nicholls camp seem to have a few new superstars in the making, most notably their recent King George VI Chase winner, Clan Des Obeaux, but with Mullins firing in 7 winners in 2018 and Elliott 8, they’ve still a fair bit of ground to make up on the Irish pair.
Cheltenham Festival – Irish-trained Winners (Since 2005)
2018 (17): Footpad, Benie Des Dieux, Rathvinden, Samcro, Presenting Percy, Bleu Berry, Tiger Roll, Veneer Of Charm, Relegate, Shattered Love, Delta Work, Balko Des Flos, Penhill, The Storyteller, Laurina, Farclas, Blow By Blow
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 – 21 Year Trends
12/21 – Irish-trained winners
9/21 – British-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained 4 of the last 8 winners
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 4 of the last 10 winners
Gordon Elliott (Ire) is yet to win the Champion Hurdle
Champion Chase – 21 Year Trends
15/21 – British-trained winners
6/21 – Irish-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) is yet to train the winner
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 4 of the last 7 winners (won the race 5 times in total)
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 5 of the last 19 winners
Henry de Bromhead (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 8 winners
Jessica Harrington (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 16 winners
Stayers Hurdle – 21 Year Trends
16/21 – British-trained winners
2/21 – French-trained winners
3/21 – Irish-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained two recent winners of the race (2018, Penhill, 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 10 winners
Jonjo O’Neill (UK has trained 2 of the last 15 winners
Ruby Walsh has ridden 5 of the last 10 winners
Cheltenham Gold Cup – 21 Year Trends
16/21 – British-trained winners
5/21 – Irish-trained winners (3 of last 5 though)
Willie Mullins (Ire) has never trained the winner
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 2 of the last 8 winners
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 3 of the last 12 winners (4 in total)