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Find out who are the most successful jockeys of all time at the Cheltenham Festival and which current jockey has won the top jockey award on the most occasions.

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The Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award went to Davy Russell for the first time in 2018. The popular 38-yearold partnered four winners at The Festival 2018, including Grade 1 successes on Presenting Percy in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase on the Wednesday, Ladies Day, and aboard Balko Des Flos in the Ryanair Chase on St Patrick’s Thursday.


Russell narrowly edged out 18-year-old Jack Kennedy for The Festival riding honours. Kennedy also rode a quartet of winners across the four days, but lost out on second places. It was the most successful year ever for female jockeys at The Festival, with four wins.


Lizzie Kelly created history by becoming the first female professional to score at The Festival when capturing the Ultima Handicap Chase on the Tuesday, Champion Day, aboard Coo Star Sivola. Bridget Andrews was the second female professional to succeed at The Festival on Mohaayed in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle on Gold Cup Day.


Amateurs Katie Walsh (her third win at The Festival) and Harriet Tucker (on her first ride at The Festival & overcoming a dislocated shoulder) were also on the scoreboard in the Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Ladies Day) and the St. James’s Place Foxhunter (Gold Cup Day) respectively. The first of the 14 women to have enjoyed success in the saddle at The Festival was Caroline Beasley, who took the 1983 Foxhunter Chase on Eliogarty.


 


The most successful jockeys of all time at The Festival


58 Ruby Walsh


36 Barry Geraghty


31 Sir A P McCoy


25 Pat Taaffe


23 Richard Johnson


22 Davy Russell


18 Richard Dunwoody


17 Charlie Swan


17 Fred Winter


16 Robert Thornton


14 Paul Carberry


14 Mick Fitzgerald


13 Peter Scudamore


10 Tom Scudamore


8 Bryan Cooper


8 Timmy Murphy


8 Paul Townend


7 Ms Nina Carberry


7 Mr Jamie Codd


7 Nico de Boinville


7 Sam Twiston-Davies


6 Paddy Brennan


6 Noel Fehily


5 Jack Kennedy


4 Andrew Lynch


4 Mr Patrick Mullins


4 Denis O’Regan


4 Robbie Power


4 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen


Current jockeys in bold


 


Winners of the Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award


2018 Davy Russell (4)


2017 Ruby Walsh (4)


2016 Ruby Walsh (7)


2015 Ruby Walsh (4)


2014 Ruby Walsh (3)


2013 Ruby Walsh (4)


2012 Barry Geraghty (5)


2011 Ruby Walsh (5)


2010 Ruby Walsh (3)


2009 Ruby Walsh (7)


2008 Ruby Walsh (3)


2007 Robert Thornton (4)


2006 Ruby Walsh (3)


2005 Graham Lee (3)


2004 Ruby Walsh (3)


2003 Barry Geraghty (5)


2002 Richard Johnson (2)


2001 cancelled - foot & mouth


2000 Mick Fitzgerald (4)


1999 Mick Fitzgerald (4)


1998 A P McCoy (5)


1997 A P McCoy (3)


1996 Richard Dunwoody (2)


1995 Norman Williamson (4)


1994 Charlie Swan (3)


1993 Charlie Swan (4)


1992 Jamie Osborne (5)


1991 Peter Scudamore (2)


1990 Richard Dunwoody (2)


1989 Tom Morgan (2)


1988 Simon Sherwood (2)


1987 Peter Scudamore (2)


1986 Peter Scudamore (2)


1985 Steve Smith Eccles (3)


1984 Jonjo O'Neill (2)


1983 Graham Bradley (2)


1982 Jonjo O'Neill (1)


1981 John Francome (3)


1980 Mr Jim Wilson (3)


Current jockeys in bold


 


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