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Cheltenham Top Trainer Betting and Odds

Cheltenham Festival fever is starting to take a grip across the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland with the 'greatest show on turf' now looming large on the horizon.

It is the most eagerly anticipated four days in the National Hunt calendar and the Cotswolds bonanza rarely disappoints.

We are taking a look at some of the contenders and their odds to be crowned Top Trainer at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, which runs from Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th March.

Every race at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival can be watched live via the bet365 live Sports Streaming Service, and we have have Cheltenham tips for each day of The Festival.

Horse Racing

Willie Mullins 

Top Trainer Odds: 1/12

Such is the might of the 'Mullins Machine' nowadays that the Top Trainer award is almost viewed as a formality for the Closutton maestro.

Mullins stands on 94 Cheltenham Festival winners in his stellar career and it will take a brave call to suggest he won't pierce the century-barrier this year.

To give a better idea of just how strong Mullins looks, he is 4/5 win more races than every British trainer combined across the four days – for those pondering, it is 2/1 Great Britain in the same market and 11/2 the tie.

Mullins has been Top Trainer five years on the spin and in nine of the last 11 years - only Gordon Elliott in 2017 and 2018 broke his dominance.

With the likes of Ballyburn, State Man, Lossiemouth, El Fabiolo, Fact To File, Galopin Des Champs and Dinoblue all odds-on at the time of writing for their principle targets, it could be quite the year for Mullins' Cheltenham Runners.

Mullins fired in 10 winners in 2022 but his other recent Festival-winning tallies were 6, 6, 7, 4, 7, 8, 4 and 5 going back to 2013. His double-figure tally two years ago is the only time anyone has ever got to nine or more. Under 10 Total Willie Mullins Winners is 4/6, with Under 9 at 11/10, for those wanting to take the powerhouse on.

Gordon Elliott

Top Trainer Odds: 6/1
Top Trainer w/o Willie Mullins: 8/13

Asked about Mullins' dominance in the run-up to Cheltenham, Elliott suggested that: "We definitely haven't made him better, but we're making him hungrier, and he's making us better."

A fair assessment from the man that plays second fiddle to Mullins in Ireland annually but is a powerhouse in his own right.

The Cullentra handler has some excellent prospects of his own in seeking to add to his 37 winners at this great meeting.

Amongst them is 6/1 Firefox in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, 9/2 Found A Fifty in the Arkle and two-time defending champ Delta Work at 10/3 in the Cross Country.

Gerri Colombe is 10/1 for the Gold Cup and has to try and overcome Galopin Des Champs following a bruising Christmas reversal, while Elliott appears particularly sweet on the hopes of Mares' Novices' Hurdle contender Brighterdaysahead at 7/4.

Throw in plenty of chances in the nine Festival handicaps and Elliott might, just might, lay down a challenge to Mullins. Alternatively, he's 8/13 in the Top Trainer without Willie Mullins market.

Nicky Henderson

Top Trainer Odds: 16/1
Top Trainer w/o Willie Mullins: 6/4

The Master of Seven Barrows trails only Mullins in the all-time list and is Britain's leading Festival trainer by a street with 73 across four decades.

Rarely in that lengthy time-span will Henderson have got more of a pre-Cheltenham shock than he did when unbeaten Champion Hurdler Constitution Hill worked in tiresome fashion at Kempton a fortnight out and was duly found to have an infection.

He's now racing against the clock amid the glare of the public spotlight to get the biggest name in jumps racing fit for 12th March. Constitution Hill is still 8/15 NRNB to maintain his perfect streak in the Champion Hurdle but real doubts now surround him, with just one run under his belt this season.

Elsewhere, Henderson's excellent Triumph Hurdle record will be expected to get better with 'Britain's Banker' in Sir Gino at 4/6, while the enigmatic Shishkin is 7/1 to land the Gold Cup and Jonbon is 10/3 to cure his own bout of Cheltenham Festival second-itis by winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Check out all Nicky Henderson's Cheltenham Festival runners.

Hendo's army have had a testing lead in to this most prestigious week of the season but don't discount them marching in perfect harmony come the big occasion.

Henry de Bromhead

Top Trainer Odds: 100/1
Top Trainer w/o Willie Mullins: 10/1

Numerically, the might of Mullins and Elliott makes the leading trainer award nigh-on impossible for others to win. Paul Nicholls (100/1) is set to have less than 20 in his Cheltenham team, while Dan Skelton (150/1) has a running tally of six Festival winners and would need to double that and maybe more from a select squad to be in the mix.

Gavin Cromwell (66/1) has a fine strike-rate with UK raiders but, again, lacks the firepower to compete with his fellow Irishmen.

If there was to be a seismic upset that sees the top trio in the betting usurped, then Henry de Bromhead's pedigree at this meeting cannot be ignored.

The Co Waterford handler has likely sorts in Envoi Allen (4/1) defending his Ryanair Chase crown and the well-touted former Gold Cup winner Minella Indo at 15/8 for the Cross Country Chase.

Monty's Star is a classy contender for the Brown Advisory at 9/2, while plenty good judges expect Slade Steel to go close at 3/1 in the Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle and former Festival scorer Quilixios (10/1) is on song heading to the Arkle.

Toppling Mullins will take some work but de Bromhead is 10/1 in the betting without market and could make his mark there.

Top Trainer w/o Willie Mullins

Given the anticipated dominance of the Mullins yard, punters may wish to look towards the 'Top Trainer without Willie Mullins' market for an interesting alternative.

Here, it is Elliott that heads the betting at 8/13 and he certainly merits that slot given the aforementioned strength and depth of his Cotswolds contingent and his track record.

Pursuing him is Henderson at 6/4 and the Seven Barrows supremo will be fancied by many, though much may hinge on the participation or otherwise of stable star Constitution Hill on day one to give that team a boost.

The interesting contender in this market could well be de Bromhead, a master at getting his team just right for Cheltenham and an appealing shout at 10/1.

Nicholls is 12/1 but he has outlined a smallish team once more this year, reliant on quality over quantity to a degree, while Cromwell (25/1) and the likes of Dan Skelton (33/1) and Joseph O'Brien (33/1) will hope to hit the scoreboard over the four days but will do well to outpoint the big three yards in this particular market.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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