Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer
The Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us and the Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer Market looks one to play in.
The head of the market has some obvious names, but we think we have unearthed a gem at 20/1.
And you can make the most of this Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer Tip with a free bet from Betfred.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer: Market leaders
Gordon Elliott is the current market leader, and that is no surprise.
Elliott has landed the Cheltenham Festival Top Trainer title at the last two Festivals.
The Irishman banged in six winners in 2017, but topped that in fine style last year.
He followed that up with a remarkable eight winners at last year’s festival.
However, he does not seem to have as many clear favourites this year and we think his position at the top of the market is weak.
Tiger Roll looks to be Elliott’s biggest chance of a winner, as the multiple Festival winner looks a certainty in the cross country.
Commander Of Fleet is another big chance in the Albert Bartlett, and Elliott will definitely have a few fancied ones in the handicaps.
But we think he’ll struggle to hit the heights of 2017, never mind last year’s magic eight.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer: Usual suspects
Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson are not far behind Elliott in the Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer market.
Again, that is no surprise.
Mullins is the top Festival trainer of all time and claimed eight wins at the 2015 Festival.
He also won the Cheltenham Festival Top Trainer title four seasons on the trot between 2013 and 2016.
However, he has gone on record to say his Festival team is lighter on star power than usual this season.
Henderson has an equally impressive Cheltenham record.
He sits second in the all-time Cheltenham trainer list, behind only Mullins, and looks the most likely of the market leaders to land the crown this year.
He has a strong hand.
And Henderson also has the favourite in the Ballymore Novice Hurdle, RSA Chase and National Hunt Chase.
Throw in a handicap win or two and Henderson could have a Festival to remember.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer: Our pick
However, we think one trainer has been overlooked in the betting.
Paul Nicholls has had a lean few seasons since the retirement of star names like Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded and Big Bucks.
However, he was very open that he was rebuilding and now looks to have the firepower to get back to the top.
Nicholls always seems to land a handicap or two and he has some live chances this year.
Give Me A Copper is a fair shout in the Ultima Handicap Chase and Getaway Trump is weighted to go well in the Coral Cup.
Elsewhere, Friend Or Foe is one to watch in the Fred Winter and Touch Kick looks a decent chance in the Kim Muir.
However, where Nicholls has come up short in recent years is in the Grade 1 races.
That could all change this year.
Clan Des Obeaux is vying for favouritism in the Gold Cup and Frodon would be the Ryanair Chase favourite if sent to that race.
Nicholls also has a decent chance in the Triumph Hurdle with Quel Destin. He could also go close in both the Supreme Novice Hurdle with Grand Sancy and RSA Chase with Topofthegame.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 Top Trainer: Conclusion
Nicholls has had a host of big Saturday winners this season and circumstances seem to be falling in his favour.
He is well known to put his stable on shutdown in January to give them all flu jabs. That means the enforced hiatus racing endured to the equine flu outbreak had little impact on Nicholls’ string.
While his rivals were scrambling to get horses inoculated or being forced to miss training runs, Nicholls never missed a beat.
We think that preparation is worth its weight in gold and 20/1 looks a tasty bet.
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