Cheltenham Tips: Who Will Be Top Jockey At The 2022 Festival?

Cheltenham Tips: Who Will Be Top Jockey At The 2022 Festival?
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Top Jockey Tip:

It is no understatement to say that Paul Townend’s 2022 Cheltenham Festival has been a rollercoaster of a ride - and it’s not over yet!

Townend leads the Cheltenham Festival top jockey odds on the best betting sites thanks to his three winners so far.

Allaho’s romp in Thursday’s Ryanair Chase was stunning, but Willie Mullins’ stable jockey was left rueing the one that got away after Galopin Des Champs grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory in the opening Turners Novices’ Chase.

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It was heartbreaking stuff for Townend who wasn’t to blame for his mount’s inability to sort out his landing gear after the final fence.

The top-class six-year-old was around 12 lengths ahead of Bob Ollinger at the time and had been matched at the bottom price of 1.01 for around £40k on the Betfair Exchange. Galopin Des Champs might just have the last laugh in the 2023 Gold Cup, for which he was slashed into 3/1 from 6/1 despite his defeat on horse racing betting sites.

Cheltenham Top Jockey Odds

Paul Townend1/5Coral
Patrick Mullins8/1bet365
Rachael Blackmore8/1Coral
Nico De Boinville25/1Ladbrokes
Mark Walsh25/1bet365

Townend, now a 1/5 favourite with Coral to be crowned top jockey having been around even money at the start of the week, bounced back when Allaho ran his Ryanair rivals into the ground for a second year in succession.

Allaho posted a brilliant round of jumping and he sauntered up the Cheltenham hill 14 lengths clear of his rivals.

Townend said afterwards: “It makes you wonder why I didn't pick him last year, doesn't it?!

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“He's an animal. He gallops and jumps. He's just really, really good. Got into a lovely rhythm on him again, and it was straightforward.”

The Stayers’ Hurdle remains a race that eludes Townend after Klassical Dream could only manage fifth in Thursday’s championship contest despite having moved ominously into contention.

However, Townend could put daylight between himself and the rest on Friday, where he is due to ride the first two favourites - Vauban and State Man - for trainer Willie Mullins.

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Vauban is a 7/4 chance on bet365 to win the Triumph Hurdle while State Man, who bolted up in a Limerick maiden when last seen, is around 7/2 with William Hill for the County Handicap Hurdle at 2.10pm.

Bob Olinger’s victory provided Rachael Blackmore (8/1), who has been on the deck a few times herself this week, with just a second 2022 Cheltenham Festival winner.

Last year's leading festival rider is tied on two with Patrick Mullins (8/1) and Nico de Boinville (25/1), who has had a couple of blank days after Tuesday’s double.