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Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott Cheltenham Festival 109/1 mega accumulator

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For the last seven Cheltenham Festivals, two Irish trainers have had their own private battle to be ‘top trainer.’

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott normally send around 50 horses to the major horse racing fixture- and come away with plenty of winners.

Mullins, who won his first Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup with Al Boum Photo last year, also took the trainers’ title, while it was Elliott’s in 2017 and 2018.

Both have saddled eight winners at the meeting previously, but it is Mullins who is fancied to come out on top this year.

Despite Elliott having ‘bankers’ Envoi Allen and Tiger Roll in his stable, Mullins is as short as 8/13 to bag another trophy.

In the all-time winners’ list, he is the leading trainer overall with 65 winners, one ahead of Nicky Henderson.

Ireland are hot favourites to win the Prestbury Cup, the annual battle with Great Britain, which they have collected three times since it was introduced in 2014.



Gordon Elliott (inset) has been top trainer at Cheltenham on two occasions

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott Cheltenham accumulator:

Tuesday

Benie Des Dieux (Willie Mullins) , 4.10pm, Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle 4/6



Benie Des Dieux (Paul Townend) clears the last to win the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle

Fell when powering clear in this contest last year and is a confident pick to make amends.

She won the contest in 2018 and posted a career best last time.

Comes here with confidence high; should be too swift over her obstacles for unbeaten rival Honeysuckle.

Galvin (Gordon Elliott), 4.50pm, Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase 7/1

Had a good break since his last run in November, in which he finished an eye-catching runner-up.

Now competing in handicaps, the 2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle sixth should be able to come into this strongly.

Fancied to take a big step forward for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell.

Wednesday

Envoi Allen (Gordon Elliott), 1.30pm, Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 11/8



Envoi Allen (right) won the 2019 Weatherbys Champion Bumper

With a perfect record of seven wins, Envoi Allen is one of the main hopes for the Irish at the meeting.

Never seemingly fully extended in his races, there could be lots more to come.

Owners Cheveley Park had a winner on Monday, starting the week in the best possible way and hopes will be high for last year’s Champion Bumper hero.

Chacun Pour Soi (Willie Mullins), 3.30pm, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 5/2

Hugely progressive for connections, he swept his talented stablemate Min aside last time out in the Grade One Dublin Chase.

Lightly-raced, he has beaten key rival Defi Du Seuil before and reigning champion Altior has not been A1 in the build-up.



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