The Masters of Cheltenham: Prestbury Park's best trainers and the races they dominate

Paul Nicholls is enjoying one of his best seasons in years and could be celebrating a fifth Gold Cup win at the Festival

The big yards always attract money but you can't back Paul Nicholls or Willie Mullins to win everything so here is a quick primer to the races the best trainers tend to perform well in 

"No trainer has quite a hold on one race at the Cheltenham Festival than Bolger does on the cross country extravaganza. He's trained the winner or runner-up in seven of the last 10 runnings. Expect this selection to be a lot shorter come the day of the race."
 
Tip: Quantitiveeasing at 19.018/1

Nicky Henderson
Supreme Novices Hurdle (Tuesday, 13:30) 

Saddled nine top-four finishers in the last eight years but hasn't tasted success in this race for 23 years when Flown won. This year's market seems all about the Willie Mullins-trained Douvan but Henderson's first string is all class and will be hard to keep out of the frame. 
Tip: L'Ami Surge to place at 1.814/5


Racing Post Arkle Chase (Tuesday, 14:05)
Trained five winners of the race, including the great Sprinter Sacre. Josses Hill is nowhere near the level that the Black Aeroplane used to operate at but has course form and an improving profile. 
Tip: Josses Hill at 14.5 


Triumph Hurdle (Friday, 13:30)
Trained five winners of the race and this year he saddles the market leader Peace And Co, one of the most impressive juveniles we have seen in recent years. 
Tip: Peace And Co at 3.39/4

 
Willie Mullins
Champion Bumper (Wednesday, 17:15)

The Irish champion trainer has a frightening record in the only flat race run at the Cheltenham Festival, winning it an incredible eight times. He has an array of talent lined up again but Bordini looks the likely first-string. 
Tip: Bordini at 9.08/1


RSA Chase (Wednesday, 14:05)
No trainer can get a horse ready for this gruelling chase than Mullins. He has saddled three winners and two second placed finishers of this race in recent years and has also had four others fall late on when in contention.
Tip: Don Poli at 4.57/2


Vincent O'Brien Handicap (Friday, 14:05)
Since 2010, Mullins has run 11 horses in this handicap and can boast a record of two wins, a second place and a further two placed finishes. One looks plotted up this year judging by the markets. 
Tip: Sempre Medici at 17.016/1

 
Paul Nicholls
Fred Winter Handicap (Wednesday, 16:40)
The master of Ditcheat has a terrific recent record in this handicap for juveniles with one win and four placed finishes since 2010. 
Tip: All Yours at 18.017/1


Cheltenham Gold Cup (Friday, 15:20)
Kauto Star and Denman may have gone but Nicholls still is dominating the three-mile chase scene and his record in the showpiece race backs that up, saddling four winners and nine placed horses since 1999. This year his main hope is two-time King George VI winner Silviniaco Conti. He'll take some stopping.
Tip: Silviniaco Conti at 4.84/1
 

Others
Alan King
National Hunt Chase (Tuesday, 16:40)

Always likely to be knocking at the door at the Cheltenham Festival, King's runners in the four mile slog on the opening day always deserve respect. This year it looks as though Sego Success has been earmarked as the one to improve on a record that reads two winners and third from just eight runners.
Tip: Sego Success at 7.87/1


Phillip Hobbs
Coral Cup (Wednesday, 14:40)

Hobbs has had his string in fine fettle this season and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him knock in a few winners at the festival. Judging by past trends the Coral Cup is a race that the trainer takes very seriously and in Garde La Victoire and Rock The Kasbah he has two live outsiders. He's had two wins and seven top six finishes from just 22 runners.
Tip: Garde La Victoire (30.029/1) and Rock The Kasbah (32.031/1)


Enda Bolger
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (Wednesday, 16:00)

No trainer has quite a hold on one race at the Cheltenham Festival than Bolger does on the cross country extravaganza. He's trained the winner or runner-up in seven of the last 10 runnings. Expect this selection to be a lot shorter come the day of the race. 
Tip: Quantitiveeasing at 19.018/1

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