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Most backed horses by region in the UK and Ireland

Most backed horses by region in the UK and Ireland

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With just under three weeks to go until the start of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, we’ve gone through the numbers to see which backed horses have proved most popular in the ante-post markets in each region of the UK.

London – 16% of total bets placed Most Popular: Ballyandy 7% Yanworth 5%

Londoners have been the busiest region on Oddschecker, accounting for just over 16% of total Cheltenham ante-post bets through the site. Of those, Supreme Hurdle/Coral Cup hopeful Ballyandy is the most popular horse with 7% of the bets. Last year’s Champion Bumper winner was an impressive winner of the Betfair Hurdle last time out and has been tipped for Festival success by our very own Andy Holding.

Second on the list is Champion Hurdle contender Yanworth. Alan King’s 7yo added the Kingwell Hurdle to his season’s haul last weekend and was the subject of heavy support from Oddschecker users off the back of that victory and is a 4/1 to be crowned this year’s Champion Hurdler.

South East – 14% of total bets placed Most Popular: Alpha Des Obeaux 7% Djakadam 6%

Close behind London in the Oddschecker pecking order is the South East who are responsible for 14% of the ante-post bets through OC. Topping the list for them is Mouse Morris’ Alpha Des Obeaux. The 7yo holds multiple entries across the four days but it’s the RSA Chase where he is the shortest odds at 10/1 and 7% of bets from the South East are on the Gigginstown horse. Willie Mullins’ two-time Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam is the best of the rest with 6% of bets and is available at 9/1.

North West – 11% of total bets placed Most Popular: Charli Parcs 9% Native River 7%

Punters in the north west are next in our list, 11% of bets have been from up their end with Charli Parcs all the rage. Nicky Henderson’s 4yo is towards the top of the market for both the Supreme (7/1) and Triumph Hurdle (10/1) and has been subject of 9% of total North West bets. His followers will get chance to see him in action this weekend as he holds an entry for the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton over 2m on Saturday. Tuesday morning’s news that Thistlecrack will miss the rest of the season will have been music to the ears of 7% of ante-post players up in the NW as they now have a favourites chance in the Gold Cup having backed Native River.


Area Percent of ante-post bets
South 42
North 27
Midlands 16
Wales 3
Ireland 5
Scotland 6


West Midlands – 10% of total bets placed Most Popular: Yorkhill 7% Djakadam 5%

Just behind the North West is the West Midlands with 10% of all ante-post bets. Leading the way for them is Willie Mullins’ JLT favourite Yorkhill with a 7% share of the bets. And it seems the West Midlands just can’t get enough of the Co Carlow trainer as his Gold Cup contender Djakadam is next in the list with 5%.

South West – 10% of total bets placed Most Popular: Finians Oscar 8% Djakadam 7%

Also with 10% of the grand total is the South West. They too are keen on Djakadam in the Gold Cup (well 7% of them are at least), but it’s the Neptune Novices Hurdle favourite Finians Oscar who tops the lot with 8% of total bets.

Ireland – 5% of total bets placed Most Popular: Alpha Des Obeaux 8% Jezki 7%

With Cheltenham the second home for many an Irishman, it’s well worth a look at who the Irish are backing ahead of March and it’s no surprise to see that two Irish horses top the list. Alpha Des Obeaux has his fans on both sides of the Irish sea and he’s responsible for 8% of all Irish bets through Oddschecker. Not far behind is Jessica Harrington’s 2014 Champion Hurdle hero Jezki who has attracted 7% of all bets from the Irish.

And the rest:

Yorkshire 9% of total bets placed Most Popular: Yorkhill 6% Defi Du Deuil 5%

North East – 7% of total bets placed Most Popular: Djakadam 8% Ballyandy 6%

East Midlands – 6% of total bets placed Most Popular: Melon 8% Vroum Vroum Mag 7%

Scotland – 6% of total bets placed Most Popular:Most Popular:Coney Island 6% On The Fringe 6%

Wales – 3% of total bets placed Most Popular: Moon Racer 10% West Approach 6%

East of England – 3% total bets placed Most Popular: Chi’tibello 11% Finians Oscar 6%

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