Top Horse Racing Trainers


Becoming successful in horse racing takes 3 different key ingredients. The horse, trainer and jockey all need to work together to make the perfect puzzle for success. We look closely at the top trainers who have had the most success at horse racing and have created a biography page on each racing trainer. There have been many greats through the years that have sadly passed away from all over the world including Bart Cummings, Robert J. Frankel and Henry Cecil.

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Aidan O’Brien

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Dan Skelton

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John Gosden

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Johnny Murtagh

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Mark Johnston

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Michael Stoute

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Paul Nicholls

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Richard Fahey

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Richard Hannon

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Roger Varian

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William Haggas


We are focusing on the top horse racing trainers who are currently the ones to look out for on Flat and National Hunt racing in the UK. Year after year we see the same old faces in the top 10 which is often an indicator when it comes to picking a winner. Some horse racing trainers show they’re best performances on certain courses and some get winner after winner all round.

Racehorse owners have a very hard decision in picking a suitable trainer with experience and knowledge in horse racing. Many would think this was an easy decision but there are many aspects that need to take into consideration. Many owners pick the best trainers that are famous and have an all round high strike rate which is the easiest way to narrow down your selection but its not necessarily the best. It’s very often that the high profile trainers have the contacts in the industry to take control of horses that are already well trained and pick up some good claiming horses and do slight tweaks that know will improve performance. When an owner has a 2 year old it can be much harder to find a trainer that will be right for the yard and for this reason they are often put in claiming races and moved around quite a lot.

Let’s take a look at what the best horse racing trainers do. They are responsible for the preparation and day to day needs to be entered into a race. Top horse racing trainers take control of how the horse is looked after from food, grooming, tack and specific training exercises whilst making sure the horse is rested enough. Being a trainer involves in depth knowledge on the specific pedigrees, history and racing breeds to get the maximum potential out of each horse. Even though there is a lot of skill, knowledge and hard work that goes into being a trainer, the rewards are often very worthwhile depending on prize money as a trainer receives a percentage of the horses winnings.

Being a race horse trainer not only involves working with the horses to find out what distances are best ran, whether blinkers should be worn or having a tongue tie will improve performance. The trainer must choose the right jockey for the horse to run, all these aspects are crucial for a race horse winning a race. It’s very often that we see a high strike rate with a jockey and horse combination especially over previous C&D races. This is key information that should be looked at when betting on horses. This is because a top trainer will often change the jockey and it gives us, the punters and the trainer a good indication on what jockey is best on board the horse.

Preparation for a race involves the trainer talking tactics with the jockey on how the horse should be ran. This includes when the horse should be held up until depending on how much stamina the horse has. Also the jockey needs to know if the horse prefers being a stayer or a front runner. These are all the indicators a top trainer should know especially if the horse isn’t first time out.

So all this work that goes into a horse before it’s first race can’t be that profitable for a trainer in racing can it? Well you will be wrong. In 2015 there was a record prize money set of over £130.8 million. Paul Nicholls for example when head of the jumps table makes roughly £1.63 million in prize money for the year. That’s not bad going eh! Obviously this all comes down to horses winning races, being a successful trainer is a very profitable business but races must be won, it’s not as easy as many think and many fail early on in their career.