Jack Kennedy tipped for top jockey at Cheltenham Festival 2021

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival has arrived and one jockey is on-course to have his biggest week at Prestbury Park.

Jack Kennedy has taken on many of the rides of veteran Davy Russell, who misses out through injury, with Denise Foster taking over at Cullentra House in the wake of Gordon Elliott's suspension.

Cheveley Park Stud have since moved their horses from the Gigginstown trainer to rivals Willie Mullins and Henry de Bromhead.

However, in a massive boost to Kennedy, he will not be denied the chance to ride unbeaten superstar Envoi Allen in the Marsh Chase – presenting the young jockey with a golden chance for a huge victory.

It could be another successful week for the young man this week.

Kennedy is 3-1 from 4-1 to clinch the top jockey award for Cheltenham 2021 after a Tuesday double aboard Black Tears and Galvin.

Paul Townend, who began the meeting as Paddy Power's 1-3 favourite, is now 4-11.

"The Mares' Hurdle was a double whammy for Paul Townend as his mount Concertista just got edged out by Jack Kennedy and Black Tears," said Paddy Power's Paul Binfield.

"We go 6-1 about Rachael Blackmore ending the week at the top of the table, and then it's 20-1 bar."

Away from today's rides, Kennedy also takes to the saddle on Quilixios, Minella Indo and Triumph Hurdle favourite Zanahiyr.

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What rides does Jack Kennedy have today?

14.30 – Ultima Handicap (Grade 3) 3m 1f – Grand Roi

16.15 – Close Brothers Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 87y – Or Jaune De Somoza

16.50 – National Hunt Chase (Grade 2) 3m 5f 201y – Three Stripe Life

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