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Cheltenham Festival betting update - Rachael Blackmore backed to be Top Jockey at Cheltenham

  • Rachael Blackmore well supported in latest Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey betting
  • Irish jockey third favourite in Cheltenham Top Jockey betting ahead of Day One
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Bookmakers expect plenty of support for Rachael Blackmore in Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey betting

Rachael Blackmore has been backed to make history and be crowned Top Jockey at the Cheltenham Festival this week according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.

The bookmaker on Monday reported "huge momentum" for the Irish jockey becoming the first female ever to land the title, slashing her odds from 8/1 right down to 9/2.

She is currently third favourite in the betting behind Paul Townend (15/8) and Davy Russell (3/1).

The Grade One winning jockey has an enviable book of rides to look forward to at Prestbury Park, but Ladbrokes fear the Blackmore effect on Day One. The firm expect her mounts Notebook (5/2 favourite for the Arkle) and Honeysuckle (9/4 for the Mares’ Hurdle) to be a hugely popular double among punters.

That double could turn into a very costly treble, with many punters expected to add her Supreme Novices’ Hurdle hopeful, Captain Guinness (16/1), to their betting slips. That treble alone is priced at 190/1.

Ladbrokes spokesperson Nicola McGeady told FreeTips.com: "Rachael Blackmore is giving our traders sleepless nights in the run up to the Cheltenham Festival. The Irish jockey has a superb book of rides this week and is already the name punters are latching onto. Although it will hurt the bookies, it would be tremendous for racing should she be crowned Top Festival jockey."

Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey betting odds: 15/8 Paul Townend, 3/1 Davy Russell, 9/2 Rachael Blackmore, 11/2 Barry Geraghty, 8/1 Nico De Boinville, 14/1 Robbie Power, 20/1 bar.
Source: Ladbrokes. Odds correct as of March 9th 2020.

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