Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

William Hill 2017 Racing Specials

(please note these will generally be available from 31st December)

William Hill have priced up racing specials for the year ahead, including markets on Aidan O’Brien, Willie Mullins, Colin Tizzard and whether or not a female jockey can win a Group 1 in 2017.

After a superb start to the National Hunt Season for Colin Tizzard, that has included big race wins in the Hennessy and Welsh National for Native River, Betfair Chase for Cue Card and King George VI Chase for Thistlecrack, his odds of winning the Trainers’ Championship have tumbled. He started the year at 25/1 for the title and is now just 10/3. Paul Nicholls is 2/9 favourite.

Tizzard is 14/1 to train the first three home in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, while his odds of 33/1 to be top Festival trainer are not beyond the realms of possibility. 

“Colin Tizzard’s yard is firing on all cylinders and if that momentum continues, he could go all the way and take the Trainers’ Title,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

The man to beat at Cheltenham is likely to be Willie Mullins and he is 2/9 to top the Festival trainer honours, although domestically in Ireland he may have a tougher task of repelling Gordon Elliott in the Irish Trainers’ Championship. Mullins is 8/11, while Elliott is Evens to record Championship success.

On the Flat, Aidan O’Brien (2/5) and Silvestre De Sousa (4/5) are odds-on favourites respectively for the UK Trainer and British Flat Jockey titles.

O’Brien came close to breaking Bobby Frankel’s record (25) for number of Group 1/Grade 1 winners in a single year and he is 14/1 to smash it in 2017. With Ballydoyle holding another set of aces for the forthcoming Flat season, O’Brien is 33/1 to train the winners of all 5 English Classics.

“Aidan O’Brien is in a league of his own and we fully expect him to be the trainer to beat in 2017,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Josephine Gordon had a great year in 2016, but the odds suggest she and her fellow female jockeys may find life tough at the top table of racing, with Hills offering 10/1 that ANY female jockey wins a Flat UK or Irish Group 1 in 2017.

“Josephine Gordon is a talented jockey, but female riders are not getting enough opportunities to shine in the big races. For that reason, it’s a double figure price that we’ll see any sportswoman win a UK or Irish Group 1 in 2017.”

American Pharoah managed to win the US Triple Crown in 2015 and William Hill offer 10/1 that any horse can replicate a Triple Crown triumph in 2017.

And finally, with Frankel’s career as a stallion looking promising, he is just 6/1 to sire a UK Classic winner in 2017.




2016/17 National Hunt Trainers’ Championship:

2/9 Paul Nicholls

10/3 Colin Tizzard

20/1 Willie Mullins

33/1 Nicky Henderson


2016/17 National Hunt Jockeys’ Championship ‘Without’ Richard Johnson:

4/7 Brian Hughes

2/1 Sam Twiston-Davies

6/1 Aidan Coleman


Irish Trainers’ Championship:

8/11 Willie Mullins

EVENS Gordon Elliott





Colin Tizzard to train the first three home in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 14/1


Number Of Irish Trained Winners:

0 to 10 – 5/1

11 to 14 – 10/11

15 or more – 11/8


Top Jockey:

2/7 Ruby Walsh

7/1 Barry Geraghty

9/1 Bryan Cooper

12/1 Sam Twiston- Davies

20/1 Richard Johnson

33/1 Tom Scudamore


Top Trainer:

2/9 Willie Mullins

7/1 Gordon Elliott

8/1 Paul Nicholls

14/1 Nicky Henderson

33/1 Colin Tizzard


Willie Mullins Number Of Winners At Cheltenham Festival:

6 Or Less - 13/8

7 to 9 – 5/4

10 Or More – 5/2




Any Female Jockey To Win a Flat UK or Irish Group 1 by the end of 2017: 10/1


Aidan O’Brien – To Train 26 or more Group 1/Grade 1 Winners in 2017 (beating Bobby Frankel’s record): 14/1


Aidan O’Brien To Train Winner Of All 5 English Classics: 33/1


Frankel To Sire A UK Classic Winner In 2017: 6/1


Any Horse To Win US Triple Crown: 10/1


Where Will The 2017 Arc Winner Be Trained:

4/5 France

7/4 UK/Ireland

6/1 Japan

12/1 Rest Of The World


British Or Irish Trained Winner Of 2017 Melbourne Cup: 5/1


2017 UK Flat Trainers’ Championship:

2/5 Aidan O’Brien

7/2 John Gosden

8/1 Richard Hannon

16/1 Richard Fahey

33/1 Roger Varian

33/1 William Haggas

40/1 Sir Michael Stoute

40/1 Hugo Palmer

50/1 Mark Johnston


2017 UK Flat Jockeys’ Championship:

5/6 Silvestre De Sousa

4/1 Jim Crowley

4/1 Paul Hanagan

10/1 Andrea Atzeni

12/1 Ryan Moore

14/1 James Doyle

16/1 Oisin Murphy

16/1 William Buick

20/1 Adam Kirby

25/1 Luke Morris

33/1 Fran Berry