Cheltenham Festival Record of the stock of top 10 NH Sires

On the Cheltenham Festival, I looked at win and place records for the top 10 NH sires (from a googled list produced by Thoroughbred Owner Breeder & Pacemaker). I am assuming the list is up to date. The site I use for stats research, the superb, has data going back to 1997.

List is top sire downward. First figure after sire name is win %, second is place %. Where the sire has had fewer than 100 runners at the Cheltenham Festival, I’ve put the total number of runners in brackets:

KING’S THEATRE 9.55/22.29

PRESENTING 7.69/22.56

KAYF TARA 6.31/17.12


BENEFICIAL 5.22/16.52

MILAN 7.25/28.99 (69)

OSCAR 8.33/23.61

WESTERNER 9.09/15.91 (44)

MIDNIGHT LEGEND 5.45/25.45 (55)

ROBIN DES CHAMPS 30.23/34.88 (43)

AVERAGE 8.26/22.1

Robin Des Champs looks far and away the best, but his 13 wins were achieved by just 4 horses:

Sir Des Champs (2)
Vautour (3)
Un Temps Pour Tout (2)
Quevega (6)

If nothing else, this is a good example of the wisdom of digging into headline stats and not just rushing off to back what seems the obvious.



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