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Leading Jockey Statistics for The Cheltenham Festival

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Leading Jockey Statistics for The Cheltenham Festival – Ruby Walsh has dominated the Boodles Leading Jockey Award at The Festival, taking the title nine times in the last 12 years.
The only three occasions the rider has not topped the table during that time came in 2012 (Barry Geraghty), 2007 (Robert Thornton) and 2005 (Graham Lee) and this year he is hot favourite to succeed again.
The 36-year-old, as stable jockey to Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins, is in a tremendous position ahead of the four days of unrivalled racing at Cheltenham,Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18.
Last year, an opening day three-timer – which would have been stretched to four successes if Annie Power had not fallen at the last with the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at her mercy – got him off to a good start. He took the Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Douvan, the Grade One Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase on Un De Sceaux and the Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle on Faugheen on Champion Day and completed his four-strong tally in the Grade One JLT Novices’ Chase on Vautour on St Patrick’s Thursday.
Walsh’s best total at The Festival came in 2009 when he enjoyed a record seven successes. He is the top jockey of all time at The Festival with 45 wins.
 
2015
Ruby Walsh (4)
          1997
A P McCoy (3)
2014
Ruby Walsh (3)
1996
Richard Dunwoody (2)
2013
Ruby Walsh (4)
1995
Norman Williamson (4)
2012
Barry Geraghty (5)
1994
Charlie Swan (3)
2011
Ruby Walsh (5)
1993
Charlie Swan (4)
2010
Ruby Walsh (3)
1992
Jamie Osborne (5)
2009
Ruby Walsh (7)
1991
Peter Scudamore (2)
2008
Ruby Walsh (3)
1990
Richard Dunwoody (2)
2007
Robert Thornton (4)
1989
Tom Morgan (2)
2006
Ruby Walsh (3)
1988
Simon Sherwood (2)
2005
Graham Lee (3)
1987
Peter Scudamore (2)
2004
Ruby Walsh (3)
1986
Peter Scudamore (2)
2003
Barry Geraghty (5)
1985
Steve Smith Eccles (3)
2002
Richard Johnson (2)
1984
Jonjo O’Neill (2)
2001
Cancelled – Foot & Mouth
1983
Graham Bradley (2)
2000
Mick Fitzgerald (4)
1982
Jonjo O’Neill (1)
1999
Mick Fitzgerald (4)
1981
John Francome (3)
1998
A P McCoy (5)
1980
Mr Jim Wilson (3)
 
 
                                                            
LEADING CURRENT JOCKEYS AT THE FESTIVAL     TOP JOCKEYS AT THE FESTIVAL
(SINCE 1945, CURRENT JOCKEYS IN BOLD)
Ruby Walsh 45 Ruby Walsh 45
Barry Geraghty 33 Barry Geraghty 33
Richard Johnson 20 Sir A P McCoy 31
Davy Russell 15 Pat Taaffe 25
Paul Carberry 14 Richard Johnson 20
Timmy Murphy 8 Richard Dunwoody 18
Tom Scudamore 7 Charlie Swan 17
Paddy Brennan 6 Fred Winter 17
Graham Lee 5 Tommy Carberry 16
Jason Maguire 5 Robert Thornton 16
Ms Nina Carberry 5 Davy Russell 15
Mr Jamie Codd 4 Paul Carberry 14
Bryan Cooper 4 Mick Fitzgerald 14
Andrew Lynch 4 Peter Scudamore 13
Paul Townend 4
Sam Twiston-Davies 4
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

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