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UK & Ireland Jockeys in battle of the tipsters
Thu, Mar 8th, 2012

The Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us and this year the challenge between Ireland and England will have a new twist.

While the gap between Ireland and English trained winners might be tight, it would be unthinkable if the majority of the men riding them were not Irish.  Last year around 80% of the Cheltenham Festival Races were won by Irish born jockeys. The two men who have done most to save the reputation of English jockeys are the 17 time Cheltenham Festival winner, Richard Johnson and 16 time winner, Robert "Choc" Thornton.

This year the jockey tips website Fatjockey.com ( that us !) have Richard and Choc doing their bit for English honour again. The pair will take on two of Ireland's finest, 20 Festival winner, Barry Geraghty and Grand National winner Jason Maguire in the inaugural Fatjockey.com Cheltenham Festival Tipping Challenge.  Each jockey will select five £20 bets on races during Festival week to compete in the challenge. The tips are posted and the jockeys are eagerly waiting the off.

Barry Geraghty was on hand to explain more: "The lads at Fatjockey asked me if I would come on-board to do a bit of tipping on their site. They were the ones who came up with the Ireland versus England challenge for Cheltenham. It should be a bit of crack. Hopefully myself and Jason can find a few more value tips than Choc and Richard."

Laughing when asked whether it was a good career move to have an association with "Fat Jockey" Barry said: "I wondered about that myself. There was a time that I used to go into Jessica Harrington's yard and she would say "Look, here comes big fat Barry". Thankfully my weight is good now, so I am pretty relaxed about that! "

Asked about his tips Barry said "I didn't put in Sprinter Sacre. I absolutely love the horse – he could be the best I have ever ridden. I just didn't think I could put up an even money shot as a tip. I gave them my picks and then they told me about the 2/1 special. "

That's a remarkable endorsement for Sprinter Sacre from a man who has won on greats like Moscow Flyer, Florida Pearl, and Kicking King.

The 2/1 Sprinter Sacre Special is available to new account holders at Stan James who enter the promo code "fatjockey". If you want it, be quick as the offer ends Sunday. Click on the Stan James logo on our side bar to claim your Stan James free bets. Remember to enter the fatjockey code to get our exclusive 2/1 price on Sprinter Sacre. It won't show as 2/1 until 24 hours after the bet is placed but get there before Sunday enter the code and you will get the price. Full T&C's are at the bottom of this page.      

If you think you can out tip these top jockeys just tell us if you are tipping for Ireland or England and post five Cheltenham Festival selections on our forum. We will track the best ones and put the top tipster into our Cheltenham Festival Hall of Fame. Bragging rights await our winner !

You might get a bit of help with your picks in our Cheltenham Festival Race Guides or by following our forum. There is a useful thread there with feedback from the Cheltenham Preview Evening circuit. 


Good luck to all our readers for the Cheltenham Festival. Now let's have some tips ! 


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