Pick the Hurdles in Chase For Glory
Willie Mullins is more likely to fill his trophy cabinet with hurdle and bumper winners at this year’s Cheltenham Festival rather than chase victories according to bookmakers William Hill.
It’s 2-5 for Mullins to score more wins with his hurdle and bumper stars versus his chase runners. It’s 9-2 for the master Irish trainer to pick up more Cheltenham wins with chasers, while the tie is priced at 7-2.
“Mullins was the man to follow with hurdlers at last year’s Festival and with the likes of Douvan, Faugheen, Hurricane Fly and Annie Power all on the first day this year, it could be a treasure trove for punters picking the Irish hotpots,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
In recent seasons, Mullins has been far more successful with his hurdlers, particularly last year when he landed four victories, while he failed to hit the mark with any of his chasers. In 2013, the yard landed three hurdles, the Champion Bumper with Briar Hill and a single chase win with Back In Focus in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase. In 2012, Quevega won the mares’ race, Champagne Fever won the bumper and Sir Des Champs landed the Jewson.
“Willie Mullins only has a 7% strike rate with his chasers at Cheltenham in recent seasons, compared to 16% with hurdlers and 14% with bumper runners. However, many of his star hurdlers have now progressed to jumping fences and it might not be as clear cut as the statistics would suggest.”
Willie Mullins 2015 Cheltenham Festival Special – Hurdle & Bumper Winners VS Chase Winners:
2-5 Hurdle & Bumper Winners
9-2 Chase Winners
(Win Only, Singles Only – Does Not Include Charity Race)
Willie Mullins Special – How Many Winners Will He Train At Cheltenham On Tuesday 10th March:
No Winners: 14-1
Exactly 1 Winner: 7-2
Exactly 2 Winners: 13-8
Exactly 3 Winners: 15-8
4 Winners Or More: 7-1
(Win Only, Singles Only)