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Top Jockey Cheltenham Festival Betting

Thursday 7th February 2008

The Top Jockey Cheltenham Festival betting for the 2008 Cheltenham Festival has Ruby Walsh as the 5/4 favourite with bookmaker VCbet. Ruby has won this award twice in the last four years in 2006 and 2004 and with the Paul Nicholls team so strong he is a really short price to win it for the third time in 2008. Champion Tony McCoy, with 19 wins to date and is a 6/1 chance with the bookmakers and this is not a bad price as he is the most successful current jockey at The Festival.

Since partnering Kibreet to success in the 1996 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, the record-breaking rider has gone on to land a further 18 successes, with two of his greatest triumphs coming in 1997 through a rare big-race double aboard Mr Mulligan in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and Make A Stand in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle two days earlier. The 2006 Festival saw McCoy ride three winners, including Brave Inca in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, but he had to wait for the final day for a winner at last year�s Festival, when Wichita Lineman scored in the Albert Bartlett Novices� Hurdle. The previous winners of the Racing Post Leading Rider Award are listed below.

2007 Robert Thornton (4)
2006 Ruby Walsh (3)
2005 Graham Lee (3)
2004 Ruby Walsh (3)
2003 Barry Geraghty (5)
2002 Richard Johnson (2)
2001 Cancelled - foot & mouth
2000 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
1999 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
1998 Tony McCoy (5)
1997 Tony McCoy (3)
1996 Richard Dunwoody (2)
1995 Norman Williamson (4)
1994 Charlie Swan (3)
LEADING CURRENT JOCKEYS AT THE FESTIVAL
Tony McCoy 19
Mick Fitzgerald 14
Ruby Walsh 14
Richard Johnson 13
Barry Geraghty 12
Robert Thornton 12
Paul Carberry 9
Carl Llewellyn 7
Timmy Murphy 6
Graham Lee 4
Conor O�Dwyer 4
Tony Dobbin 3
Andrew Thornton 3
Mr J T McNamara 3

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