Nicky Henderson is William Hill’s narrow market leader at 7/4 to win the Cheltenham Festival Thomas Pink Leading Trainer Award
In what could be the most competitive title race for some time, Wilie Mullins, winner last year, is 15/8 2nd fav.
Paul Nicholls, the UK Champion Trainer, is next in the betting at 2/1 with Hills, the biggest he has been in recent times.
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said “We foolishly underestimated Willie Mullins last year, and will certainly be taking no chances over the defending champion this time around, however this looks one of the most competitive title-races seen for as long as we can remember”
Cheltenham Festival Thomas Pink Leading Trainer Award (William Hill bet): 7-4 Nicky Henderson, 15-8 Willie Mullins, 2-1 Paul Nicholls, 25-1 Philip Hobbs, 33-1 Alan King, Donald McCain, 40-1 David Pipe, 50-1 Gordon Elliot, Jonjo O’Neill, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Noel Meade