Ruby Walsh for Top Cheltenham Top Jockey
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Ruby Walsh has got some magnificent rides once again this Cheltenham Festival. He has won the top jockey crown in six of the past eight years and it will take a brave man to bet against him adding another to his already stunning CV for which he is a strong 1/2 shot.
Walsh has probably the best job in racing – not only is he retained as stable jockey for all Paul Nicholls’ stable stars he also rides the Willie Mullins first strings.
This means he should at least be targeting five wins at the Festival this year and if he achieves that then no other jockey will get anywhere near him in the top jockey win market.
For starters, he has three rides booked that have been odds-on in their respective win markets for months now. It starts with Hurricane Fly on the Tuesday in the Champion Hurdle, who looks one of the bankers of the entire meeting.
Star mare Quevega should be near-impossible to beat in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle while Big Buck’s, on the Thursday, will land his sixteenth straight race in a row if winning the World Hurdle for the fourth consecutive year.
Other well-fancied rides booked for Walsh includes Al Ferof in the Arkle Chase, Cristal Bonus in the Jewson Novices Chase and most probably Join Together in the RSA Chase.
And don’t forget he’ll be the man tasked with guiding Kauto Star home in the Gold Cup.
If you fancy taking on Walsh at his very short price, you can back some hugely talented jockeys at prices which are pretty ridiculous considering their ability.
AP McCoy, 16 time champion jockey, is available to be backed at 10/1 while Barry Geraghty, who rides most of Nicky Henderson’s big players, including Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle Chase, is a 7/2 poke.