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Best Jockeys at the Cheltenham Festival

Which jockeys have performed best over the past ten years at the Cheltenham Festival?

We will have a look at the top performers in here based on wins and also in the place market.

Which jockeys are worth following? and which are best left alone? Also, see what our tipsters are tipping with their ´╗┐Cheltenham tips.

In this post...

Top Ten Cheltenham Festival Jockeys by Wins


Walsh, R
Geraghty, B J
Russell, D N
Johnson, Richard
Scudamore, Tom
Townend, P
Cooper, Bryan J
Twiston-Davies, Mr S
Boinville, Mr N de
Codd, Mr J J

*Places include winners factored into the number

Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh has ridden eighteen more winners than anyone else which is mainly due to him riding for Mullins.

Even from his limited seven rides in 2018, he notched up two winners with Footpad (Arkle) and Benie Des Dieux (OLBG Mares Hurdle).

Ruby has a 47% strike rate when riding outright favourites, that rises to 59% when looking at the past four years alone.

If there is a weak area for Ruby, its in handicaps where he has notched up just three winners from fifty rides (6%).

Barry Geraghty

Barry Geraghty is the only other jockey to have notched up over twenty wins in the last ten years.

He has only recorded five wins at the last three festivals he has ridden in though with two in 2015, one in 2016 and two in 2018.

He doesn't ride too many favourites, just twenty-six but ten of those have gone on to win (38%).

Handicap hurdles is an area which he struggles with just one winner from thirty-two rides (3%).

Davy Russell

Davy Russell's record took a leap in 2018 when riding four winners for Gordon Elliott which was his best return at the festival.

He has a decent record in handicap hurdles with five winners from seventeen rides (29%) and an LSP of +47.00 (Excluding novice races).

He has ridden just four favourites and was 0-2 going into 2018 but rode both Presenting Percy and The Storyteller to success.

If there is an area he struggles, its perhaps over the shorter trips, races shorter than 2m5f he is 3-57 whilst those over 2m5f+ he is 15-61.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is the only other of the still riding jockeys to break into double figures with ten winners.

He drew blanks in 2015 & 2016 from a total of thirty-two rides but has recorded three in the past two festivals.

His only success in 2018 was a big one on Native River in the Gold Cup and he failed to even place on his other thirteen rides.

70% of his wins have come on a runner who won last time out so that is certainly something to consider.

One of Richard Johnson's top rides at the Festival for 2019 will be Lalor in the Arkle. Check out his thoughts on the horse as well as those from other connections in the final part of this moving series of videos provided to us by Bet way horse racing 


The Not So Good Cheltenham Festival Jockeys Records

Aiden Coleman has ridden just one winner from a total of one hundred and thirteen rides.

His last win came back in 2009 when riding Kayf Aramis to success in the Pertemps Hurdle.

Danny Mullins has failed to ride a winner from his thirty-one rides. From ten rides in 2018, he managed just two placings.

Tom O'Brien has just three rides in 2018 but his overall record is one win from fifty-four rides.

That win came back in 2009 when riding Silk Affair to success in the Fred Winter, forty-three rides since without a winner.

Jamie Moore has just one winner from forty-six, that sole winner was the only favourite he has ridden.

Sire De Grugy in the Champion Chase but he is yet to ride a winner when not favourite.

Finally, Harry Skelton has ridden one winner, Superb Story in the 2016 County Hurdle.

Other than that, Harry has failed to win on any of his other forty-three rides. From fifteen rides in the past two years, he has managed just one placing.

Top Ten Cheltenham Festival Jockeys by Place LSP

Trainer Runners Places Place % Place LSP
Power, R M 51 15 29% +61.96
Andrews, Miss G 8 2 25% +56.55
Edwards, Alex 4 2 50% +54.81
McParlan, Mr N 7 4 57% +34.61
Lynch, A E 39 15 38% +34.16
Bass, Mr D R 44 11 25% +32.08
Kennedy, J W 22 11 50% +29.88
Russell, D N 118 39 33% +25.87
Meyler, D 5 3 60% +24.54
OConnor, Mr Derek 26 8 31% +21.34
Condon, D J 28 7 25% +20.38
Cook, Danny 19 7 37% +19.54

*Places include winners factored into the number, LSP based on Betfair Place SP

Robbie Power may not pick up many winners but when it comes to the place market he is one to follow.

With an LSP of +61.96 from 51 rides (121% ROI) that is a fantastic return. He has shown a profit in six of the nine years he has had rides.

In 2018 however, he did show a loss when placing on only one of his eleven rides.

McPharlin is one to keep an eye out for, usually rides in the amateur races, from seven rides he has placed four times and shows an LSP of +34.61.

Andrew Lynch shows a steady 38% strike rate for placing from thirty-nine rides producing an LSP of +34.16.

He didn't ride at the festival in 2018 but in the eight years prior, he returned a profit in six of those festivals.

Jack Kennedy for the number of rides he has had, has a great return with a 50% strike rate for placing and an LSP of +29.88.

For just twenty-two rides that is an ROI of 136%, he placed on seven of his eleven rides in 2018.


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