After months and months of build-up, the Cheltenham Festival is finally upon us. The Festival has seen some incredible horses, trainers, owners and jockeys grace the course throughout its time and some incredible memories have been made.
In this article, we look at the most memorable trainers of the Cheltenham Festival. There have been many trainers over the years, but there are a few that stand out.
We couldn’t start this without mentioning the Festival’s most successful trainer. Willie Mullins has made the Cheltenham Festival his home, saddling 65 winners with his first coming 25 years ago in 1995.
Tourist Attraction was the horse in 1995, bringing it home for Mullins in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Mullins has been the leading trainer at the Festival six times and is a firm fan favourite.
Horses trained by Mullins that have won include the incredible Quevega, Faugheen, Un De Sceaux and Annie Power.
Nicky Henderson is only one win behind Willie Mullins in terms of Cheltenham Festival winners and has had some incredible horses run.
Henderson has racked up an incredible nine leading trainer awards. Henderson looks certain to be adding more winners to his tally with the likes of Altior, Champ and Pentland Hills at his disposal.
Fulke Walwyn was a celebrated jockey and trainer. He amassed a total of 40 Cheltenham winners which was a record that took many years to be beaten. Henderson was the man to surpass this record.
At the Festival, he trained the winners of four Gold Cups and two Champion Hurdles. Walwyn became more well known when his Gold Cup-winning horse, Mill House, was defending his crown against the sensational Arkle.
The prominent trainer had the Kim Muir Memorial Chase renamed to the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup to recognise his incredible achievements in racing.
Gordon Elliott is rapidly rising up the list as he only started training in 2011. He will no doubt go down as one of the greatest trainers to have ever stepped foot in a yard.
Since 2011, Elliott has saddled 25 winners already and will be sure to add a few more this year. Elliott sends stars such as Envoi Allen, Delta Work and Tiger Roll. He has been leading trainer in two of the last three years.
He will be one to look out for this year and has every opportunity of becoming leading trainer yet again.