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25th September 2021

2020 Cheltenham Festival – How Many Irish-Trained Winners?

2020 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 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.

However, the UK-based runners fought back in 2019, winning 14 of the 28 races, with the Irish mopping-up the other 14 – meaning a draw for the first time since 2013.

So, with the British-trained runners bouncing back last year, things are set up for another fascinating clash over the four days. With that in mind, the betting on the Prestbury Cup is another way to have an interest in EVERY race over the four-day Cheltenham Festival.

The 2020 Prestbury Cup Cheltenham Festival Betting: The current betting sees Ireland around 4/7, GB are on offer around 9/4, with the draw 6/1. (odds subject to change).

Here are some of the main challengers for both the Irish and the UK-based handlers that are heading to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.


Cheltenham Horse Racing Trends & Tips: Sunday 18th Nov 2018

Key 2020 Irish 2020 Cheltenham Festival runners:

Notebook (Arkle)
Benie Des Dieux (Mares)
Honeysuckle (Mares/Champion Hurdle)
Carefully Selected (NH Chase)
Envoi Allen (Ballymore)
Chacun Pour Soi (Champion Chase)
Tiger Roll (Cross Country)
Appreciate It (Bumper)
A Plus Tard (Ryanair)
Min (Ryanair)
Minella Melody (Mares’ Hurdle)
Al Boum Photo (Gold Cup)
Delta Work (Gold Cup)

Key 2020 British 2020 Cheltenham Festival runners:

Shishkin (Supreme Novices’ Hurdle)
Epatante (Champion Hurdle)
Pentland Hills (Champion Hurdle)
Sporting John (Ballymore)
Champ (RSA)
Altior (Champion Chase)
Defi Du Seuil (Champion Chase)
Itchy Feet (Marsh Novices’ Chase)
Frodon (Ryanair)
Paisley Park (Stayers’ Hurdle)
Solo (Triumph Hurdle)
Goshen (Triumph Hurdle)
Thyme Hill (Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle)
Hazel Hill (Foxhunters)
Santini (Gold Cup)

Cheltenham Festival – Irish-trained Winners (Since 2005)

2019 (14): Klassical Dream, Duc Des Genievres, Espoir D’Allen, A Plus Tard, City Island, Tiger Roll, Band Of Outlaws, Envoi Allen, Sire Du Berlais, Eglantine Du Seuil, Any Second Now, Minella Indo, Al Boum Photo, Early Doors

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 – 22 Year Trends

13/22 – Irish-trained winners
9/22 – British-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained 4 of the last 9 winners
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 4 of the last 11 winners
Gordon Elliott (Ire) is yet to win the Champion Hurdle


Champion Chase – 22 Year Trends

16/22 – British-trained winners
6/22 – Irish-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) is yet to train the winner
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 5 of the last 8 winners (won the race 6 times in total)
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 5 of the last 20 winners
Henry de Bromhead (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 9 winners
Jessica Harrington (Ire) has trained 2 of the last 17 winners


Stayers Hurdle – 22 Year Trends

17/22 – British-trained winners
2/22 – French-trained winners
3/22 – Irish-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained just 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 11 winners
Jonjo O’Neill (UK has trained 2 of the last 16 winners


Cheltenham Gold Cup – 22 Year Trends

16/22 – British-trained winners
6/22 – Irish-trained winners (3 of last 5 though)
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained just one winner (2019)
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 2 of the last 9 winners
Paul Nicholls (UK) has trained 3 of the last 13 winners (4 in total)




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