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Cheltenham Festival Top Jockeys: John Francombe
Sun, Feb 16th, 2014

John Francombe rode 11 Cheltenham Festival winners between 1975 and 1984 including a Gold Cup on Midnight Court and a Champion Hurdle on Sea Pigeon. We have videos of both wins below.

Fred Winter trained 7 of Francombe's 11 Festival winners.

1978 Gold Cup - Midnight Court

Sea Pigeon Champion Hurdle wins

John Francome Cheltenham Festival Winners (11)

Race

Year

Horse

Age

Trainer

Festival Trophy

1975

King Flame

9

Richard Head

RSA Chase

1975

Pengrail

7

Fred Winter

Mildmay of Flete

1977

Uncle Bing

8

Richard Head

Gold Cup

1978

Midnight Court

7

Fred Winter

Cathcart

1979

Roller Coaster

6

Fred Winter

World Hurdle

1981

Derring Rose

6

Fred Winter

Grand Annual

1981

Friendly Alliance

8

Fred Winter

Champion Hurdle

1981

Sea Pigeon

11

Peter Easterby

RSA Chase

1982

Brown Chamberlin

7

Fred Winter

Cathcart

1983

Observe

7

Fred Winter

Pertemps

1984

Canio

7

Ron Hodges

Francombe is a regular on the Cheltenham Preview circuit - Waterford, Adare and Oaksey House are normally on his agenda. We will be tracking news from these nights and Johns Francombe's 2014 Cheltenham Tips on our preview thread .

The odds for Leading Rider at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival are tabled below:

Thomas Pink Cheltenham Festival

Leading Rider Award 2014

Odds Table at 16/02/14

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Ruby Walsh 4/7 4/7 4/7 1/2 4/7 4/7 8/15 8/11
Barry Geraghty 10/3 4 3 4 9/2 4 7/2 11/4
A P McCoy 8 8 8 8 8 10 9 9
Bryan Cooper 14 14 16 14 14 16 16 12
Daryl Jacob 20 20 14 16 20 20 16 12
Sam Twiston-Davies 20 20 20 20 16 25 20 14
Richard Johnson 25 33 33 33 20 33 33 33
Tom Scudamore 33 33 33 33 25 40 40 33
Noel Fehily 33 33 33 33 20 50 33 33
Paul Townend 33 50 33 40 50 50 33 25
Jason Maguire 50 50 50 50 33 50 50 40
Aidan Coleman 50 66 - - 50 66 50 66
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