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English or Irish ~ Who does Cheltenham best?

scottie as a racehorse walking around the pre parade ring

Cheltenham Festival is the big battle of the English Vs the Irish, usually with Nicky Henderson representing the English and Willie Mullins the Irish. This festival attracts the very best of the best and the ‘Big Boys’ tend to clean up.

But who does Cheltenham best?

This year the Irish were by far the best winning 17 out of the 28 races with Gordon Elliott being the winning trainer with 8 wins across the festival, closely followed by Willie Mullins with 7 wins. My advice to anyone thinking about placing a bet on Cheltenham this year was to go for an Irish trainer.

I always enjoy a gamble on the big race events and I backed at least one horse in every race during the festival. Due to my incredibly small disposable budget, the vast majority of my bets consist of 50p each way! But I managed to make small profit on the week and I thought it would be interesting to see whether I tend to back the English or the Irish.

Who did I back?

Despite the Irish cleaning up this week, I tended to back the English! I back 38 English trained horses with 11 of them finishing in each way placings compared to 17 Irish with 9 Irish each way wins.

Not only that, but my biggest win of the week was Dan Skelton trained Mohaayed who came in 33/1 under Bridget Andrews, partner to Harry Skelton. This lead to this fantastic photo after the race of Harry congratulating her with a hug and a kiss!



I also backed the English trained Gold Cup winner Native River for Colin Tizzard. He ran an absolutely brilliant race putting the heavily tipped favourite Mite Bite in his place over the final jump!



Who did you back this Cheltenham?

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