Top Cheltenham Festival Jockeys

Each March, the illustrious Cheltenham Festival brings together the worlds of horse racing and fashion in a captivating four-day extravaganza. With each day presenting its own allure and exhilaration, the Festival promises an unforgettable fusion of thrilling races, stunning fashion, and a vibrant atmosphere at the racecourse.

Across the span of four days, Cheltenham Racecourse, affectionately known as ‘The Home Of Jump Racing,’ plays host to a total of 28 exhilarating races, where skilled jockeys and their trusted steeds vie for victory. Featuring an impressive lineup of Grade 1 horses and top-tier jockeys, each race offers an enticing prize purse, adding to the excitement of this renowned week of jump racing.

As the festival returns to captivate spectators once again in 2025, make sure to secure your official Cheltenham Festival 2025 hospitality for the ultimate four day horse racing extravaganza. 

Top Cheltenham Festival Jockeys (Retired)

#1: Ruby Walsh - 59 Wins

With 59 Cheltenham Festival wins to his name, Ruby Walsh stands as the most successful jockey in the event’s history. Over his illustrious career, he was crowned leading jockey at the Festival an impressive eleven times. Walsh’s dominance began in 1998 with his first win on Alexander Banquet and continued through 2019 with a victory on Klassical Dream. His remarkable achievements include notable wins such as Azertyuiop in 2003 and 2004, Kauto Star in 2007 and 2009, Quevega from 2009 to 2014, and Big Buck’s from 2009 to 2012. Other standout performances feature Hurricane Fly, Faugheen, and Vautour, among many others. His legacy at Cheltenham is cemented with victories spanning two decades, showcasing an unparalleled consistency and skill in the sport of horse racing.

#2: Barry Geraghty - 43 Wins

Barry Geraghty, with 43 victories at the Cheltenham Festival, stands as one of the most accomplished jockeys, though 16 wins behind the legendary Ruby Walsh. In 2003, Geraghty made history by securing five wins at the Festival, a record he astonishingly matched nearly a decade later in 2012. Among his most notable achievements are his two Gold Cup victories aboard Kicking King in 2005 and Bobs Worth in 2013. Geraghty also boasts five Champion Chase wins and four Champion Hurdle titles, showcasing his versatility and skill. His latest Champion Hurdle triumph came in 2020 on Epatante, one of Nicky Henderson’s renowned stable stars, further solidifying Geraghty’s legacy at Cheltenham.

#3: AP McCoy - 31 Wins

Twenty-time Champion Jump Jockey Sir AP McCoy racked up a significant number of Cheltenham Festival victories over his illustrious career—31, to be exact. McCoy was the leading jockey at the Festival twice consecutively, in 1997 and 1998. Among his most high-profile victories at Prestbury Park were his two Gold Cup wins with Mr Mulligan in 1997 and Synchronised in 2012, three Champion Hurdles, and one Champion Chase, cementing his legacy as one of the Festival’s all-time greats.

#4: Pat Taaffe - 25 Wins

Taaffe achieved 25 victories at Cheltenham, with an impressive 22 of those in steeplechases and just three over smaller obstacles. His most legendary moments came aboard the great Arkle, securing three consecutive Gold Cup victories in 1964, 1965, and 1966. Even after Arkle’s retirement, Taaffe continued his success, winning the Gold Cup again in 1968 on Fort Leney. His contributions to Cheltenham’s storied history are etched in the memories of those who witnessed his extraordinary career.

#5: Richard Johnson - 23 Wins

For many years, Richard Johnson operated in the shadow of AP McCoy in the jockeys’ championship, yet at the Cheltenham Festival, he proved his prowess with a remarkable 23 victories over his long riding career. Johnson’s versatility and skill are highlighted by his triumphs in all four championship races at least once, an impressive feat on its own. However, his most memorable achievements are undoubtedly his two Gold Cup wins. The first came in 2000 with Looks Like Trouble, and the second in 2018 with Native River, cementing his legacy as one of the Festival’s standout jockeys.
 

Top Cheltenham Festival Jockeys (Active)

#1: Paul Townend - 34 Wins

As the number one jockey for Willie Mullins, the most successful trainer in Cheltenham Festival history, Paul Townend enters the meeting with formidable support, making his win strike rate notably superior to his rivals. Townend’s best results came in 2020, 2022, and 2023, each yielding five winners. However, his standout performance was in 2024 when he secured six wins from just fifteen rides, boasting an impressive 40% strike rate. Unsurprisingly, 33 of his 34 wins at Cheltenham have come in partnership with Mullins, often leading to shorter odds on his rides. This powerful duo continues to dominate the Festival, with Townend solidifying his reputation as a top jockey.

#2: Nico de Boinville - 16 Wins

Thanks largely to his role as the principal jockey for Nicky Henderson’s stable, Nico de Boinville has secured 16 victories at the Cheltenham Festival. His first win came aboard Whisper in the Coral Cup in 2014. However, he truly rose to prominence in 2015 by guiding Coneygree to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainers Mark and Sara Bradstock. In 2016, de Boinville showcased his talent by winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Sprinter Sacre and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with Altior. He went on to take the Queen Mother Champion Chase twice with Altior and also claimed the Arkle in 2017 with the same horse. Four years later, he won the Arkle again, this time with Shishkin. His most recent Festival triumph was in 2023, partnering Constitution Hill to victory in the Champion Hurdle. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him in 2024, but his legacy at Cheltenham remains strong.

#3: Rachael Blackmore - 16 Wins

By the conclusion of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, Rachael Blackmore had impressively partnered 16 winners at the National Hunt showpiece. Her first Festival success came in 2019 on A Plus Tard in the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase, followed by a victory in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on Minella Indo. Both horses later triumphed in the Gold Cup, highlighting Blackmore’s exceptional skill. Her name became synonymous with the mare Honeysuckle, with whom she captured two Champion Hurdles. Blackmore’s iconic status was cemented when she was voted the most iconic Gold Cup winner in the race’s 100-year history after her Cheltenham triumph on A Plus Tard, surpassing legendary horses such as Arkle, Desert Orchid, Kauto Star, and Denman in the poll.

#4: Jack Kennedy - 11 Wins

Jack Kennedy was just 17 years old when he secured his first Cheltenham Festival win in 2017, partnering the Gordon Elliott-trained Labaik to victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. The following year, Kennedy achieved four wins at the Festival, equalling the tally of leading rider Davy Russell but missing out on the top jockey prize due to fewer placed finishes. Despite missing the 2020 and 2023 Festivals due to injury, Kennedy’s resilience and skill brought his total Cheltenham Festival wins to 11. His latest triumph came in March 2024, when he guided the Gordon Elliott-trained Teahupoo to victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality Packages

Located at the core of the Cheltenham Festival’s Official Hospitality Village, the Platinum Suites represent the epitome of corporate hospitality sophistication. Situated directly behind the esteemed Long Run Boxes, these suites symbolize opulence and practicality, attracting VIP guests in pursuit of an extraordinary race day affair. Providing unmatched access to both the parade ring and the Club Enclosure viewing area, attendees can fully immerse themselves in the thrill, just moments away from the lively ambiance of the Guinness Village. Whether opting for shared tables for cozy gatherings or securing private suites for larger celebrations, each package presents a thoughtfully curated selection of amenities and offerings.

The Long Run Balcony Boxes at the Cheltenham Festival represent more than just hospitality; they epitomize an elite sanctuary for guests with discerning tastes, yearning for an unmatched view of the trackside action. Serving as the epitome of corporate entertainment, these boxes seamlessly combine culinary delights with sweeping panoramic views, offering an unbeatable perspective to soak in the thrilling races. From the thundering hooves in the final furlong to the triumphant finish at the winning post, guests are treated to awe-inspiring vistas from the privacy of their box balconies, fostering an atmosphere charged with unparalleled excitement.

Official Cheltenham Festival hospitality packages are now on sale – to find out more about the Platinum Suites and Long Run Balcony Boxes, get in touch with our team and secure your places today. 

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