Geraghty 3/1 to be top jockey at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival

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Having racked up their 2000th winner earlier this month, the Nicky Henderson stable looks in fine fettle as the Cheltenham Festival looms large on the horizon.

For a man that readies his horses for the Cheltenham Festival, Henderson couldn’t be in better form after registering four winners at Ascot on Saturday, and as stable jockey, Barry Geraghty can look forward to plenty of Cheltenham Festival fancies.

The four horses that won at Ascot on Saturday all saw their Cheltenham Festival odds cut for their intended Cheltenham Festival races, and the Henderson/Geraghty combination looks like being a profitable one this year.

Geraghty rode exactly three Cheltenham Festival winners in both the 2009 and 2010 Cheltenham Festival’s and is a big price at 3/1 to be the top jockey at the Chetlenham Festival considering the amount of chances Henderson is providing.

Geraghty’s main rival will be the magnificent Ruby Walsh who, despite not featuring for much of this season due to a broken leg, is the 11/10 favourite to make it four consecutive top jockey titles in a row.

Walsh rode three winners last year and seven the year before and is the most successful jockey in Cheltenham Festival history, but with Paul Nicholls stable stars beginning to feel their age, the Henderson/Geraghty combination can trump the Nicholls/Walsh dream team.

Geraghty’s best chance of a winner at the Festival is Finian’s Rainbow who is a 4/1 joint-favourite in the Arkle.

The Henderson team also have their hopes pinned on Bobs Worth and he is the 5/1 second favourite for the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle.

A win on Saturday means Sprinter Sacre is cut to 8/1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Master Of The Hall is now 16/1 for the RSA Chase and a decision still to be made on Riverside Theatre.

A £25 stake on Geraghty being the top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival would return £225. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham Festival bet worth £25.

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