What is the Prestbury Cup, how are points scored and is there a prize?

Britain v Ireland... bring it on!

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You’ll probably hear a lot of talk about the Prestbury Cup during the Cheltenham Festival but what exactly is it? Well, we’re here to explain everything you need to know.

Quite simply, the Prestbury Cup is a battle between Great Britain and Ireland to rack up the most winners over the course of the four-day meeting. There are 28 renewals at the Cheltenham Festival 2022 and it’s a point per victory so the contest runs until either country has landed 15 winners. If it ends with 14 winners apiece then it’s a tie.

But that’s unlikely…

… because Ireland are defending the Prestbury Cup after routing Great Britain by 23 winners to five at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, the most one-sided result since the contest was first held in 2014. The likes of Honeysuckle, Put The Kettle On, Allaho, Flooring Porter and Minella Indo were among the big winners during a wicked week for the travelling contingent.

It’s therefore pretty unsurprising that 12 months later, the Irish are red-hot favourites in Paddy’s Prestbury Cup betting market to retain the trophy, especially as Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Henry de Bromhead once again boast strong stables.

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The Brits’ hammering at last year’s fiesta prompted tweaks to the handicapping system but the home team are rank outsiders to win the Prestbury Cup. Sorry, lads. They could get off to a quick start on day one, however, with Nicky Henderson pair Constitution Hill and Jonbon fancied for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, while Alan King’s Edwardstone heads Paddy’s betting for the Arkle Chase.

You’re probably wondering if there’s an actual trophy, right? There is! And it’s presented to the jockeys and trainers from the winning country. The successful team will take home more just than a bit of silverware as the Prestbury Cup – named after the village located slap bang next to Cheltenham Racecourse – is actually sealed with some turf from the Cheltenham track.

Prestbury Cup 2022 odds

Prestbury Cup 2022 score

Great Britain – 10
Ireland – 11

*after day three

Prestbury Cup results

2021: Ireland – 23 wins
2020: Ireland – 17 wins
2019: Tie – 14 wins
2018: Ireland – 17 wins
2017: Ireland – 19 wins
2016: Ireland – 15 wins
2015: Great Britain – 14 wins
2014: Great Britain – 15 wins

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