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Leading jockeys at The Festival - updated statistics ahead of Gold Cup Day

Press Release 16th March 2018 Cheltenham

For detailed statistics on leading jockeys at The Festival, please click HERE
Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award -
standings before racing on Gold Cup Day
Jockey       1st 2nd 3rd
Davy Russell       4 1 2
Jack Kennedy       3 - 3
Paul Townend       2 3 1
Ruby Walsh       2 - 1
Nico de Boinville     1 2 -
Noel Fehily       1 2 -
Barry Geraghty     1 1 -
Mr Patrick Mullins     1 1 -
Brian Hughes       1 - 1
Keith Donoghue     1 - -
Lizzie Kelly       1 - -
Mr Noel McParlan     1 - -
Ms Katie Walsh     1 - -
Mark Walsh       1 - -
Paddy Brennan     - 1 1
Jamie Bargary     - 1 -
Mr William Biddick     - 1 -
James Bowen       - 1 -
Felix de Giles      - 1 -
Daryl Jacob       - 1 -
Jeremiah McGrath     - 1 -
Danny Mullins       - 1 -
Robbie Power       - 1 -
Jack Quinlan       - 1 -
Sam Twiston-Davies     - 1 -
Harry Cobden       - - 2
David Bass       - - 1
Mr Jamie Codd     - - 1
Aidan Coleman     - - 1
Danny Cook       - - 1
Adrian Heskin       - - 1
Jamie Moore       - - 1
Mr Barry O'Neill     - - 1
Denis O'Regan     - - 1
Harry Skelton       - - 1
Adam Wedge       - - 1

Lizzie Kelly increased the number of women jockeys to have ridden winners at The Festival to 12 when she took Tuesday's Ultima Handicap Chase on Coo Star Sivola - and she became the first to do so as a professional jockey. She has two chances to add to that success today; she rides Tea For Two for her stepfather Nick Williams in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, and she also picks up the ride on Burrows Saint for Willie Mullins in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
Kelly is one of seven women with rides at The Festival today.
Top Irish amateur Katie Walsh has already collared a winner this week - Relegate in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, which brought her lifetime Festival total to three - and she has two good opportunities to do so again. Sandsend, trained by Relegate's handler Willie Mullins, is a 12/1 chance for the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, and Alan Fleming's Foxrock is 7/1 for the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase.
Walsh's sister-in-law Nina Carberry is the most successful woman rider in the history of The Festival, having ridden seven winners here. Two of those were in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase aboard On The Fringe (2015 and 2016), and Carberry is reunited with the Enda Bolger-trained 13-year-old again today. Carberry had to miss the ride on On The Fringe in the 2017 race as she was pregnant with her daughter, Rosie.
Walsh and Carberry are joined in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase - the highlight of the season for amateur riders - by Harriet Tucker, who is jocked up on last year's winner Pacha Du Polder for Paul Nicholls, and Sarah Rippon, who rides and trains Vincitore.
Professional jockey Bridget Andrews, whose amateur sister Gina won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at last year's Festival, has three rides today for Dan Skelton: Mohaayed (Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle), Tommy Rapper (Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle) and Born Survivor (Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase).
And Bryony Frost, who has enjoyed a dream season since turning professional after her victory in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at The Festival in 2017, partners Brelan D'As for her boss Paul Nicholls in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
The first of the 12 women to have enjoyed success at The Festival was Caroline Beasley, who took the 1983 Foxhunter Chase on Eliogarty. She was followed by Gee Armytage, who posted a double in 1987 aboard Gee-A and The Ellier. Katie Rimell won the 1989 Foxhunter Chase, Polly Curling took the same race in 1995 and Fiona Needham lifted the magnificent trophy in 2002. Rilly Goschen won the Foxhunter in 2004.
In 2005 Nina Carberry rode the first of her seven Festival winners by capturing the Boodles Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle with Dabiroun. Katie Walsh enjoyed a double in 2010. Bryony Frost (Pacha Du Polder, St James's Place Foxhunter), Lisa O'Neill (Tiger Roll, National Hunt Chase) and Gina Andrews (Domesday Book, Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase) added their names to The Festival victory roll in 2017.


Winners - The Festival 2018
Champion Day, Tuesday, March 13
1.30pm G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
SUMMERVILLE BOY (Roger Brookhouse) Tom George 6-11-07 Noel Fehily 9/1
2.10pm G1 Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase
FOOTPAD (Simon Munir & Isaac Souede) Willie Mullins IRE 6-11-04 Ruby Walsh 5/6 Fav
2.50pm G3 Ultima Handicap Chase
COO STAR SIVOLA (Babbit Racing) Nick Williams 6-10-10 Lizzie Kelly (3) 5/1 Fav
3.30pm G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle
BUVEUR D'AIR (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson 7-11-10 Barry Geraghty 4/6 Fav
4.10pm G1 OLBG Mares'Hurdle
BENIE DES DIEUX (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-05 Ruby Walsh 9/2
4.50pm G2 National Hunt Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase
RATHVINDEN (Ronnie Bartlett) Willie Mullins IRE 10-11-06 Mr Patrick Mullins 9/2
5.30pm Listed Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase
MISTER WHITAKER (Tim Radford) Mick Channon 6-11-02 Brian Hughes 13/2
Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 14
1.30pm G1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
SAMCRO (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE 6-11-07 Jack Kennedy 8/11 Fav
2.10pm G1 RSA Insurance Novices' Chase
PRESENTING PERCY (Philip Reynolds) Pat Kelly IRE 7-11-04 Davy Russell 5/2 Fav
2.50pm G3 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
BLEU BERRY (Luke McMahon) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-02 Mark Walsh 20/1
3.30pm G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
ALTIOR (Patricia Pugh) Nicky Henderson 8-11-10 Nico de Boinville Evens Fav
4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
TIGER ROLL (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE 8-11-04 Keith Donoghue 7/1
4.50pm G3 Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
VENEER OF CHARM (Martin Wasylocha) Gordon Elliott IRE 4-11-00 Jack Kennedy 33/1
5.30pm G1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper
RELEGATE (Paul McKeon) Willie Mullins IRE 5-10-12 Ms Katie Walsh 25/1
St Patrick's Thursday, March 15
1.30pm G1 JLT Novices' Chase
SHATTERED LOVE (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE 7-10-11 Jack Kennedy 4/1
2.10pm G3 Pertemps Nes7t67] twork Final Handicap Hurdle
DELTA WORK (Gigginstown House Stud) Gordon Elliott IRE 5-10-10 Davy Russell 6/1
2.50pm G1 Ryanair Chase
BALKO DES FLOS (Gigginstown House Stud) Henry de Bromhead IRE 7-11-10 Davy Russell 8/1
3.30pm G1 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle
PENHILL (Tony Bloom) Willie Mullins IRE 7-11-10 Paul Townend 12/1
4.10pm G3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase
THE STORYTELLER (Pat Sloan) Gordon Elliott IRE 7-11-04 Davy Russell 5/1 Fav
4.50pm G2 Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle
LAURINA (Sullivan Bloodstock Limited) Willie Mullins IRE 5-11-07 Paul Townend 4/7 Fav
5.30pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase
MISSED APPROACH (Alan & Andrew Turner) Warren Greatrex 8-11-05 Mr Noel McParlan 8/1


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