Champion Hurdle Jockeys
Wed, Mar 2nd, 2016
Next race up in our series analysing jockey performance in the big races at the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle.
The Festivals winning most jockeys Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty have between them won the Champion Hurdle on 5 occasions in the last decade and finished in place positions on a further 6 occasions.
Walsh has the dge in thge race with two wins against two for Geraghty.
If we review performance in terms of a betting return from a level stake of £1 Barry Geraghty is the clear winner. £1 on his last 10 rides would have generated a surplus of £24.
Backing Ruby Walsh in each event would have resulted in a loss of £1.83 - largely as his three winners went off favourite. Walsh has ridden the Champion Hurdle favourite in seven of the last 10 Champion Hurdles and is expected to do so again this year with Annie Power.
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