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How Many Irish Trained Winners Will There Be at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival? 24/02/10
Irish racing fans have been going to the Cheltenham Festival for generations, and this year - around 10,000 racegoers are expected to venture across the Irish Sea. Irish travellers have had plenty to cheer about over the last few years – in 2006, Irish trained horses won a record ten races at the Festival, while last year the Irish were responsible for nine winners.
- winner at last year's Festival
The current ante-post lists point towards another stellar year for the Irish, but as everyone knows - there are no certainties in racing!
William Hill have issued prices on how many Irish trained winners there will be at this year’s Festival.
The bookies make exactly eight winners their 11-4 favourites, while a record breaking 11 or more winners can be backed at 10-1. Hills also offer 7-2 for exactly nine Irish winners, 4-1 exactly seven Irish winners, 13-2 exactly ten Irish winners, 7-1 exactly six Irish winners, 8-1 exactly five Irish winners, and 14-1 four or less Irish winners.
William Hill Irish spokesman Tony Kenny commented “The Irish team heading over to Cheltenham looks as strong as ever, and it would be a huge disappointment if there wasn’t at least six winners from the Emerald Isle.” He continued “The early money has been for eight, nine, ten and eleven or more Irish winners – which suggests it’ll be another bumper year for the Irish.”
WILLIAM HILL BETTING
Number of Irish trained winners at the Cheltenham Festival:
(William Hill bet) 14-1 Four winners or under, 7-1 Exactly five, 6-1 Exactly six, 4-1 Exactly seven, 11-4 Exactly eight, 7-2 Exactly nine, 13-2 Exactly ten, 10-1 Eleven or more
IRISH CHELTENHAM STATS
Current Irish ante-post favourites for this year’s Cheltenham Festival:
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: 5-6 Dunguib, Irish Independent Arkle: 7-2 Captain Cee Bee, Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle: 4-1 Solwhit, Glenfarcas Cross Country: 9-4 Garde Champetre, David Nicholson Mares: 11-8 Quevega, Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle: 3-1 Rite Of Passage, Weatherbys Champion Bumper: 7-1 Elegant Concorde – (listed prices are the current ante-post prices with William Hill)
Irish winners at last year’s Festival:
Go Native, Forpadydeplasterer, Garde Champetre, Quevega, Mikael D'Haguenet, Cooldine, Nintieth Minute, Dunguib and Weapons Amnesty.
Number of Irish winners in previous years:
2000 - 3, 2001 : abandoned, 2002 - 5, 2003 - 6, 2004 - 4, 2005 - 9, 2006 - 10, 2007 - 5, 2008 - 6, 2009 - 9