Cheltenham Festival Jockey Showdown

As one of the most exciting horse racing events in the world, the Cheltenham Festival attract the best of the best. This implies on the horses, trainers, as well as jockeys. Every single one of them is important for winning a horse racing event at this remarkable Festival.

Every year, horse racing fans get to see some of the leading jockeys in the world. Most of them come from the UK or Ireland, which shows how big this sport is in these countries. Below we will reveal and describe some of the top jockeys that will appear at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.

Paul Townend

We begin with the famous Irish jockey Paul Townend who primarily rides for Irish trainer Willie Mullins. He’s working with Mullins his entire career, starting out as an apprentice fiat racing jockey.

Townend managed to win 6 Irish jump races at the Champion Jockey of the National Hunt. He even gave his trainer Willie Mullins his first-ever Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2019. He then went on to win it again the next year and clinch his third win on Galopin Des Champs in 2023.

It’s no wonder that Mullons’ retrained rider is one of the top candidates to win the top jockey title. In 2021, he lost to Rachel Blackmore, but he quickly recovered after winning it two times in a row. At Mullins’ yard, he gets to ride Galopin Des Champs, El Fabiolo, and State Man.

Jack Kennedy

Next, we have another well-known Irish jockey, Jack Kennedy. This jockey is also competing in the Nationa Hun racing. His biggest win in his career so far came in 2021 at the Cheltenham Gold Cup whilst riding Minella Indo.

Apart from this massive victory, Kennedy also features 9 other Cheltenham Festival wins. All of them come in the period from 2017 up until 2022. His last win at the Festival in 2022 was on the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.

Last year, Kennedy missed out on the Festival after suffering a broken leg. Now that he’s back, fans are eager to see his performances on the racing court. 

But, that’s not all as many bettors are also looking forward to wagering on him winning the exciting races. Some of them are even applying for Cheltenham betting offers to try and earn more.

Nico de Boinville

Nico de Boinville is an English horse racing jockey who also competes in National Hunt racing events. He features the most Grade One wins in the UK out of all jumps jockeys that are currently active.

He started competing in professional horse racing in 2014 at the age of 25. With only one year of experience, he managed to win the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup whilst riding Coneygree. Since then, de Boinville registered 15 additional wins at the Cheltenham Festival.

Seven Barrows nominates this horse racing jockey as number one for several years. Sir Gino and Constitution Hill also give de Boinville two outstanding possibilities on the market.

Rachael Blackmore

Rachel Blackmore MBE is yet another Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt horse racing. In 2021, she wrote her name into the history books after becoming the first-ever female jockey to win the Grand National. She is even the first woman to clinch 6 victories at the Cheltenham Festival as a leading jockey.

In total, Blackmore has 14 Cheltenham Festival wins starting from 2019 up until 2023. This year, she gets to pick from Henry de Bromhead’s yard, which gives her a good opportunity ahead of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival. 

Apart from the Cheltenham Festival, Blackmore has also managed to win in 20 other horse racing events in the UK and Ireland.

Mark Walsh

Last but not least, we have the Irish jockey Mark Walsh. He started out back in 2002 and has managed to build a successful career in National Hunt racing. Fans often see him riding horses from owner J. P. McManus, to whom he brought several major wins.

Among them is the victory in the World Series Hurdle while riding Jezki and the Irish Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough. We must also mention Walsh’s Champion Hurdle win on Espoir d’Allen.

So far, this jockey has won 8 Cheltenham Festival horse races. But, he also features 25 wins in other UK and Irish horse racing events.