Irish trainer Willie Mullins has been the top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival in six of the last eight, including in 2019 and 2020.
Having notched up seven winners twelve months ago, he’s going for a hat-trick of victories this year and he trains 12 horses that are currently either favourite or second-favourite in the ante-post markets.
Mullins leads the way overall with Festival winners, with 72 so far, and you can be sure he’ll be adding to that tally at this year’s Festival – he’s as short as 1/5 to be top trainer once more next week.
Here we take a closer look at four of his horses that stand a great chance at the Festival, and an ante-post Acca on them currently returns 29/1 at Paddy Power.
Appreciate It – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – 6/4
Mullins has farmed the Festival opener in recent years, winning the Supreme six times – he has an excellent chance of making it seven with Appreciate It.
The seven year-old is three from three over hurdles and was last seen adding another Grade 1 to his CV at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.
Irish fans will be hoping that it’s victory once more for Ireland in the Supreme, and a winner for Team Mullins.
Monkfish – Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – 8/11
For many punters, he’s the ‘banker’ of this year’s Festival and he’s already 8/1 for the Gold Cup next year – a striking measure of how respected he is.
He has it all – he travels well through his races and has so far jumped impeccably.
Two runs over fences have seen two Grade 1 victories and it will be a huge shock if he doesn’t land a third at Cheltenham.
Chacun Pour Soi – Champion Chase – Evens
A late call off last year, Chacun Pour Soi is back to make amends twelve months later and he’s a short price favourite to land the Champion Chase.
He’s unbeaten this season, winning three races including two Grade 1’s that he turned into a procession.
Will he also be able to turn the Champion Chase into a procession come Wednesday afternoon?
Al Boum Photo – Gold Cup – 5/2
Al Boum Photo is chasing legend status as he looks to become just the fourth horse in history to win three Cheltenham Gold Cups.
After winning in both 2019 and 2020, he’s followed the same route this year with success at Tramore being his only prep run coming into the Festival.
It’s worked before and there’s every chance it will work again – Al Boum Photo is a short price to land a hat-trick of Gold Cups.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.