2023 Prestbury Cup Betting Odds & Tips

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Ireland are the bookies Favourites to Win 2023 Prestbury Cup

The Prestbury Cup has been in operation since 2014 and has added a new dimension to the Cheltenham Festival, with trainers from the UK and Ireland battling it out to secure the most winners during the twenty-eight horse races that comprise the four-day meeting.

While the central focus of Cheltenham is on a race-by-race basis, it’s always interesting to see the number of Irish-trained winners at the Festival compared to the horses based in the UK, with Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins flying the flag when it comes to the Emerald Isle.

However, Dan Skelton, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls will be among the UK trainers hoping to land some winners and every race will feature leading Irish and UK-trained horses who will battle it out over hurdles and fences.

Ireland Huge Favourites to Win 2023 Prestbury Cup

The 2020 Prestbury Cup went the way of Ireland who enjoyed seventeen winners compared to the ten victors that were trained in the United Kingdom, while Easysland was the French-trained winner that claimed victory in the Cross Country Chase and the bookies are anticipating another landslide win for the Republic this time around.

Willie Mullins has regularly been a serial winner at the Cheltenham Festival over the past few years and the same applies to Gordon Elliott who has a number of star attractions making an appearance including Envoi Allen, while Zanahiyr and Galvin will also have lively chances along with a spate of other runners.

Mullins looks set to win another cluster of races, with Chacun Pour Soi now trading short for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the same applies to two-time Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo who will line up in the race hoping to land a consecutive hat-trick.

Paddy Power are in little doubt that Ireland will land the spoils over the four days during March and they’re only prepared to chalk up 1/5 about Ireland retaining the Prestbury Cup, with trainers such as Henry de Bromhead also capable of scoring heavily at the meeting.

Do the UK Stand Any Chance of Winning Cup?

The United Kingdom did manage a tie two years ago when trainers and horses from this country sent home fourteen winners, although the same country could only manage ten winners last time out and the number could be even lower this time around, with Paddy Power making the UK a 9/2 chance.

We are likely to see Nicky Henderson in the winners’ enclosure a number of times and Epatante might well retain her Champion Hurdle title, although the handler doesn’t look as strong with his selection of Cheltenham as previous years and the same accusation could be levelled at Paul Nicholls.

While Nicholls is a legendary Cheltenham trainer who has saddled horses such as Big Buck’s, Kauto Star, Denman and Al Ferof among others, it remains to be seen whether his runners can beat the Irish horses that are going to make the trip over despite the fact that COVID-19 regulations are still enforced on both sides of the Irish Sea.

One only has to look at the Top Cheltenham Trainer betting for the 2023 Festival to note that Willie Mullins is the 1/3 favourite to be in the winners enclosure the most times and it appears that the likeable trainer has a lively selection in all of the twenty-eight races, with Mullins likely to score with some of his horses in the handicap races.

The History of the Prestbury Cup

Strange as it may sound, the United Kingdom managed to win the first two Prestbury Cups, with a 15-12 win occurring in 2014, while it was a slender 14-13 win a year later although the UK hasn’t been top dog since then and Ireland achieved a 15-13 victory in 2016 which laid the foundation for several successes since then.

In 2017, it was a 19-9 win in favour of the Irish and that was really the moment where Willie Mullins announced himself on a Cheltenham stage, while it was a 17-11 victory in 2018 and the bookies anticipate something similar happening in 2023. The plain fact is that a lot more Irish-trained horses will be lining up in total compared to those from the UK.