TOP FESTIVAL JOCKEYS - 2015 to 2019 - Walsh 18 wins (rtd healthy), Russell 9, de Boinville 9, Townend 9, Codd 7, Geraghty 7, Scudamore 5 Cooper 5, Twiston-Davies 5, Kennedy 5. The Elliott machine backing Davy, top jockey in 2018 with four wins. Retains second place, Ruby finished two down on 5 yr rolling average from 22 to 18 over the last two years not helped by injury suffered in 2018 RSA or Benie Des Dieux. Nico, Paul and Jamie move up the table. Bryan hanging on. Tom Scu and the Champion Jockey slip down. Sam and Jack steady but latter not helped by serious leg injury at the DRF. Lets hope he returns in full health. I have a feeling that Sam and Bryan may be disappearing off the page soon. Bryan, only five Festival rides over the past two years, all unplaced. Nico scored well in 2019.

Barry Geraghty is now the senior jockey. He was injured in 2017 and must have been delighted with a double in each of the last two Festivals. Won top jockey in 2012. Apart from 2017 he has ridden at least one winner at every Cheltenham Festival since 2001. Thats impressive, thats durability.

Level stakes £1 per Festival ride over the last five years - P Townend +£42, J Kennedy +£40, JJ Codd +£34, N de Boinville +£28, D Russell +£22, M Walsh +£15. Even after Paisley Park brought him back in from the cold, A Coleman is still -£48, level with D Jacob -£48, and David Mullins -£48 over the five years. JJ Codd best 5 year Festival strike rate in the top ten with seven winners from his last 21 rides. Thats not bad. Percentages wins to rides over the 5 yrs - Ruby finished on 25% (very steady), Jamie 33%, Bryony 20%, Nico 18%, Jack 15%, Paul 12%, Davy 13%, Barry 10% Ruby finished as top jockey in 9 of the last 12 Festivals. Since 20154 Ruby/W Mullins had a 25% strike rate. Jamie/G Elliott 5 from 12, Bryony from 6 for Paul Nicholls Jack/G Elliott 16% wins to rides.

Check currently best all course meetings strike rate over the 5 yrs would be Nico on circa 20%. Gavin Sheehan rode three winners on course this January.

All Time Jockeys Festival Wins - Walsh 59, Geraghty 38, McCoy 32, Taaffe 25, Johnson 23, Russell 22, Dunwoody 18, Swan 17, Winter 17. Davy's run of a winner in 13 successive Festivals came to a stop last year. Some record. With Ruby retired, Richard Johnson and Barry are the only two currently riding who have won all four championship races.

Jockeys Festival Rides Cold List - Aiden Coleman is finally off the list with Paisley Park. A fine ride and he spoke modestly afterwards. Immediately thanked everybody, especially the horse. 'Didn't think it was such a big deal, until it happened.' Good luck again this year. This sometimes mirrors stable form. For want of a better word then the current 'leaders' in this category are P Brennan 71, L Aspell 57 (rtd healthy), D Jacob 48, Sam Twiston Davies 43, W Hutchinson finished on 42, T O'Brien 38, Jonathan Burke 30, Tom Scudamore 30. Leighton Aspell has won two Grand Nationals but has had no luckwas unlucky at the Festival. Good luck in your retirement, sir. Current leading Festival jockeys on a bit of a trot are Robbie Power 25, Davy Russell 21, Sam Waley Cohen 21, Sean Bowen 20. Sam Twiston-Davies IMO remains a streak jockey. If and when he rides a Festival winner, don't be surprised if he immediately rides another. Darryl Jacob has two Festival winners on Zarkandar and Lac Fontana in 2014, both for Paul Nicholls. He has yet to ride a Festival winner in the Munir 'green'. Some have said, there's no better steerer of a horse. Was on Maljamar (Wichita Lineman) and Southfield Theatre (Fingal Bay). I'm just saying, remember 'Darryl In Green', that's all. Has won a Grand National, mind you. Patrick Mullins was on a losing run of 21 before Rathvinden, 13 non winners since. Again, fine unlucky ride on Wicklow Brave in the Coral Cup.

The Young Master Nov 18 takes Sam Waley-Cohen off the course cold list after 5 yrs and 45 rides. Mark (the Couch) Winstanley right about him? Those having difficulty include David Mullins, Kemboy, has never had a winner on course from 45 rides and Danny Mullins 0 from 34 over six years. Mind you David has nearly won two Nationals and both of them have collected over £200k each in prize money from the course so they must be useful.

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