They said last year was a freak result and could never be achieved again. Now following another six winners at Cheltenham yesterday Irish trained horses have won 15 in total at this year’s Festival with one day to go.
It may still be that the 2017 total of 19 is beyond us but the domination is incredible given where Ireland was in terms of success and numbers as little as six years ago when we won 5.
Yesterday very much belonged to Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary pictured above with wife Anita and winner of the Ryanair Chase Balko des Flos. The airline has sponsored the race for 15 years and despite his success at the Festival O’Leary was winning ‘his’ race for the first time.
It was one of three winners for his Gigginstown Stud in the first three races yesterday.
Willie Mullins notched his seventh winner of the meeting and his 61st in total making him the most successful trainer of all time at the meeting regarded as the Olympics of Jump Racing.
Friday’s Top Tips from Sport for Business:
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Our Daily Hotpot: Road to Respect E/W in the Timico Gold Cup at 3-30
Un de Scaux was second and Sam Spinner failed to make the frame.
Our Daily Hotpot: Monalee in the RSA Novice’s Chase at 2-10 Second
Our Daily Outsider: Red Indian E/W at 25/1 in Coral Cup at 2-50 Sixth Returns €30 Betting with Coral
Our Fun Flyer: Each Way Treble Monalee, Cause of Causes, 4-10 and Black Bow 5-30. Lost
Our Daily Hotpot: Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at 2-10 WON 5/6 €10 Win returns €18.33
Our Daily Outsider: Menghli Khan E/W at 16/1 in Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle at 1-30 PLACED 14/1 €5 E/W Returns €22.50
Image Credit: Marc O’Sullivan