Iconic owner JP McManus, along with equine superstars Big Buck’s and Quevega have all been inducted into the Cheltenham Hall of Fame, with many others looking to follow suit following the 2017 Festival. McManus is undoubtedly the most successful owner of all-time at Cheltenham with a total of 48 wins, with the likes of Istabraq, Synchronised and Barracouda all achieving famous successes for the Irishman. Meanwhile, Big Buck’s became the first horse to win the World Hurdle four times back in 2012, while Willie Mullins’ Quevega is the only horse have won the same race on six consecutive occasions, claiming success in the Mares’ Hurdle every year between 2009-2014. With competition for places at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival already looking fierce, the horse racing betting odds are likely to be too close to call in the build up to some of the most iconic races in the calendar.
Having won the Arkle last time around, Mullins’s Douvan is currently leading the horse racing betting odds for the Champion Chase at bookmakers Coral’s website, with odds of evens ahead of the likes of Sprinter Sacre and God’s Own. Mullins is once again set to feature heavily in events in the South West of England next year, and having won seven races in 2016, will be hoping that his prized assets can once again perform on the biggest stage. Reigning champion Annie Power is again the favourite for the Champion Hurdle at Coral, although having studied their form, stablemate Faugheen is also set to be heavily backed having won the Irish Champion Hurdle this year.
Meanwhile, having won the Ryanair Chase earlier this year, Vautour is the current favourite in the horse racing betting odds with Coral for the iconic Gold Cup, with six-year-old just ahead of Thistlecrack and Don Cossack in the odds with Coral.
Mullins will also once again head to Aintree in a bid to win the famous Grand National, however it is Kim Bailey’s The Last Samurai who is currently the most favoured by bookmakers Coral. Having finished second to Rule The World last time around, the eight-year-old is being tipped at odds of 20/1 to go one better next year, with Mullins’ Don Poli not far behind at 25/1. Despite a disappointing run in April when looking to become the first horse to successfully defend his Grand National title, Many Clouds also features heavily in the horse racing betting odds in the build up to the race.