Top jockey Ruby Walsh

Cheltenham Festival Jockeys

The horses might be the most important factor when choosing a Cheltenham Festival winner, but a lot depends on which jockey is on its back. We've listed some of the top jockeys below who will be riding at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Of the current crop, Ruby Walsh tops the pile in terms of Cheltenham winners, having ridden over 30, more than any other jockey in history. Tony McCoy is the next best in the all time list of top jockeys, having ridden 25 winners at the Festival, The Irishman however hasn't been top jockey at the Festival since 1998, despite being champion jockey every year since.

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Cheltenham Jockey Statistics

Win/Ride percentage at Cheltenham Racecourse over the last five years. Includes all meetings as well as the Cheltenham Festival itself.

Last Updated: Feb 2016

Jockey Wins-Rides % Return
Barry Geraghty 45-244 18% -60.12
Ruby Walsh 36-168 21% -29.57
Richard Johnson 35-248 14% -74.22
Sam Twiston-Davies 28-275 10% -94.15
Tom Scudamore 26-195 13% -4.67

Cheltenham Top Jockeys

Here is a list of the last twenty years' Top Jockeys at the Cheltenham Festival. Last year Ruby Walsh rode three winners at the festival and became top jockey for the eighth time.

Year Jockey Winners
2017 Ruby Walsh Five
2016 Ruby Walsh Seven
2015 Ruby Walsh Four
2014 Ruby Walsh Three
2013 Ruby Walsh Four
2012 Barry Geraghty Five
2011 Ruby Walsh Five
2010 Ruby Walsh Three
2009 Ruby Walsh Seven
2008 Ruby Walsh Three
2007 Robert Thornton Four
2006 Ruby Walsh Three
2005 Graham Lee Three
2004 Ruby Walsh Three
2003 Barry Geraghty Five
2002 Richard Johnson Two
2001 ABANDONED  
2000 Mick Fitzgerald Four
1999 Mick Fitzgerald Four
1998 Tony McCoy Five
1997 Tony McCoy Three
1996 Richard Dunwoody Two
1995 Norman Williamson Four
1994 Charlie Swan Three
1993 Charlie Swan Four
1992 Jamie Osborne Five
1991 Peter Scudamore Two
1990 Richard Dunwoody Two

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Winners Poll /
Who will win the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup?
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19%
Native River
28%
Djakadam
18%
Cue Card
20%
Outlander
5%
Minella Rocco
3%
Bristol De Mai
5%
Don Poli
3%
Other
0%
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