Cheltenham Leading Trainer Battle Delicately Poised Ahead Of Final Day

Martin Green

Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:02 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 10:02 PM UTC

Four trainers are in with a great shout of being named leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival as we head into the final day of action.

<p>The battle to be named leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival is finely poised as we head into the final day of action. Nicky Henderson, Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have three wins apiece, and Paul Nicholls is just behind them with two. There are just seven races left in the meeting and it looks set to go down to the wire on Friday, but the bookmakers make Mullins the favourite to pull it off.</p><p>The Closutton maestro has saddled a record 64 winners at the Cheltenham Festival over the years, and he was named leading trainer for four years in a row between 2013 and 2016. He has seen Elliott seize the award for the last two years, but he now has a great opportunity to reassert his dominance over the National Hunt scene. He has the favourite in the second race of the day, Whiskey Sour in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, and a strong hand in several others.</p><p>Elliott has no favourites running on Friday, but Henderson has Birchdale in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. Nicholls has Magic Saint in the Grand Annual, and he also has high hopes for King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Of course, having the favourite is no guarantee of success, and Mullins’ secured victory with a 50/1 shot on Thursday. However, the favourite has win seven of the last 14 races at the festival and the likes of Birchdale and Whiskey Sour are sure to be popular.</p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> makes Mullins the 6/4 favourite to win this battle, with Henderson and Elliot both priced at 2/1. Nicholls might also make an interesting outsider at 20/1 with <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a>. Last year Elliott and Mullins dominated the meeting, with eight and seven winners respectively. This year glory has been spread around a lot more evenly, as</p><p>Joseph O’Brien, Gavin Cromwell, Dan Skelton, Henry De Bromhead, Ben Pauling, Martin Brassil, Paul Hobbs, Emma Lavelle and Nick Williams have all tasted success. Four wins might be enough to clinch the top trainer prize in 2019, and right now Nicholls is the most popular option among punters.</p><h2>Related articles:</h2><ul> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide">Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide</a></strong></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham day three"><strong>Day Three Recap</strong></a></li></ul>
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