Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey - 33/1 Value Bet.

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Irishman Ruby Walsh is hot favourite to ride most winners at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival, due to the fact that he will be on board many strongly fancied runners from the powerful stables of Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins.

With a book of rides that include the likes of Quevega, Hurricane Fly, Master Minded, Poquelin and Big Bucks it is easy to see why Walsh is no bigger than 15/8 with Bet365 to have a hugely successful week.

At 11/4 the market suggests that fellow irishman Barry Geraghty will pose the greatest threat over the four days, as apart from the mount on Champion Chase favourite Big Zeb, the rider has a host of potential winners from the in-form Nicky Henderson stable.

Spirit Son, Finians Rainbow, and Oscar Whiskey are three strong fancies on the first day, which could enable the irishman to get off to a flying start.

With a number of leading hopes in most of the novice and handicap events, Geraghty is sure to be a major force on all four days.

Third favourite on 9/1 is champion jockey Tony McCoy, but now that his main ride at the Festival, Binocular, will not be taking part, the Sports Personality of the Year winner will struggle to match the likes of Walsh and Geraghty.

For those looking for a speculative long shot to upset the ' big two, ' punters could do worse than have a little bit of the 33/1 available about Daryl Jacob.

50/1 was on offer with Stan James and Paddy Power yesterday, but the 33s quoted by Skybet, totesport and Victor Chandler still represents decent value.

Jacob will be riding for the stables of Paul Nicholls and Nick Williams, and while Walsh will be on many of Nicholls' main runners, the stable has a powerful back up in many events.

Aiteen Thirtythree, Woolcombe Folly and Zarkandar are just three Nicholls runners that will have the services of Jacob, and when you include some well touted handicap rides, it is possible for the jockey to finish the week with three or more winners.

Reve De Sivola, and Maljimar are well fancied mounts on the first day, and even though Wednesday's Coral Cup is, as ever, an ultra-competitive affair, Jacob's mount For None Stop is currently vying for favouritism.

While Walsh and Geraghty look formidable opposition, Daryl Jacob could end the week on a high, despite the disappointment of losing the Gold Cup ride aboard Diamond Harry.

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