Mullins Planning Emerald Invasion
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William Hill have priced up the Cheltenham Festival Thomas Pink Leading Trainer Award, installing Paul Nicholls as 11-8 market leader to lift the coveted prize.
2010 leading trainer Nicky Henderson boasts an enviable fleet this season, with numerous runners occupying fancied positions in current Antepost markets, and the Lambourn handler holds second-favouritism at 15-8.
Ireland's Champion Trainer Willie Mullins fields an equally strong battalion with the likes of Hurricane Fly, Zaidpour and So Young amongst others, and takes third spot in the book at 13-2.
Priced at 14-1, Philip Hobbs and Nigel Twiston-Davies will be heading to Prestbury with Menorah and Imperial Commander spearheading their respective teams in an attempt to follow up on last year's Championship race successes.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said 'The odds suggest the Festival trainers' title will be an all-out battle between Nicholls and Henderson. However, the very-much in-form Willie Mullins appears to be manoeuvring into a favourable position, and has an arguable slam-dunk already in the form of Quevega. At 13-2, he could just be the valuable alternative away from the duelling duo.'
Cheltenham Festival Thomas Pink Leading Trainer Award: 11-8 Paul Nicholls, 15-8 Nicky Henderson, 13-2 Willie Mullins, 14-1 Nigel Twiston-Davies, Philip Hobbs, 16-1 Alan King, David Pipe, 33-1 Donald McCain, 40-1 Ferdy Murphy, Jonjo O'Neill (win only - market will be settled on the number of winners, if there is a tie the greater number of second places will determine the winner, again if there is a tie the greatest number of third places will determine the winner - excludes Derby Charity Race)