Trainers Championships 2021/2022
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Betting on horse racing and looking forward to the main races through the year are the main interests for horse racing fans.
However, each year there is also an added interest on which trainer or stable will come out on top and win the most races and the most prize money.
In the UK there are two horse racing codes – jumps and flat.
Each has their own season and during that period a tally of winners and total prize money is recorded by the British Horse Racing Authority and the yard that come out on top each season are awarded the ‘Top Trainer’ title.
Here’s what you need to know about the Flat and Jump Trainers Championships.
National Hunt Trainers Championship
The jumps trainers’ championship runs each year from April – with the final day of the jumps season often held at the Sandown Bet365 Gold Cup Meeting in April.
Even though the new jumps season starts up straight away, many feel the main jumps season months are from October to April. There are summer jumping fixtures through May, June, July, August and September and winners and prize money here is included towards the trainers’ title.
However, with the title decided on total prize money (not total winners) and the big jumps races being held between October and April, the summer months don’t really impact the final result.
Having several winners at the big UK jumps festivals like the Cheltenham Festival in March and the Aintree Grand National Meeting in April – where there is a lot of prize money on offer can often go a long way to deciding the jumps trainers’ championship each season.
The current (2020/21) Champion jumps trainer is Paul Nicholls, while the now retired Martin Pipe (15 titles) holds the record for the most titles.
Nicky Henderson currently has six champion jumps titles to his name, while the other big UK stable of Paul Nicholls has 12 titles and you feel it won’t be long before he’s overtaking the record that Martin Pipe currently holds.
Since the 2005/06 jumps season, the trainers’ title has been dominated by both Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, with one of that pair always winning the title. Dan Skelton attempted to upset the apple cart in during the 2021/22 jumps season, it was Henderson who narrowly saw off Nicholls in another titanic battle between the two powerhouse yards.
Leading Trainers – National Hunt 2021/2022 – by Total Prize Money
|Trainer||Prize Money||Wins||Runs||Bet on Trainer|
|Paul Nicholls||£2,695,864||137||618||Bet with|
|Nicky Henderson||£2,397,017||120||553||Bet with|
|Dan Skelton||£2,085,708||132||729||Bet with|
|Willie Mullins||£1,730,528||15||89||Bet with|
|Venetia Williams||£1,563,537||58||288||Bet with|
*Statistics correct at 22 April 2022.
National Hunt Trainers Championship previous winners
- Most National Hunt Championship titles: Martin Pipe (15)
- Most consecutive titles: 10, Martin Pipe (1996-2005)
Flat Trainers Championship
The flat trainers’ championship is also settled on total prize money won and not total winners as it used to be.
The flat trainers’ championship runs from January to December each year, but many feel the main flat season months are from April to October.
Yes, there are flat turf races in March and November, but from November to March the flat focus switches to the All Weather racing.
The AW tracks also hold their own trainers championship, but any winners are also counted towards the main flat trainers’ championship.
However, with the main flat races and the bigger prize money on offer between the months of April and October, this is when the flat trainers’ title is really decided.
The powerful John Gosden yard has won the flat trainers’ title four times, but they had to make do with third place in 2021, as both Charlie Appleby and Andrew Balding finished the season with more prize money.
Despite being based in Ireland, the powerful Aidan O’Brien yard often raid the big UK races with success and that has resulted in them picking up the top flat trainers’ title six times (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017).
Other names on the flat trainers’ hall of fame in recent years have been Richard Hannon Jnr (2014) and Sir Michael Stoute, who has 10 titles to his name.
Flat Trainers Championship previous winners
- Most titles: Alec Taylor, Jr. (12)
- Most consecutive titles: Alec Taylor, Jr (1917-1923)
Trainers Championship Odds
With both the flat and jumps seasons always in progress, the odds on the trainers championships change all the time.
But, as mentioned, the main part of the jumps season runs from October to April each year so this is when the big yards like Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson will target the top prizes. On the flat, the main months are between April and October.
On the jumps we can expect another big battle between the Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls yards, and it will be a huge shock if one of this pair isn’t winning the jumps champion trainer title again come next April.
On the flat, Charlie Appleby will set out to become a two-time winner of the flat trainers’ championship in 2022, but he’ll face stiff opposition in the form of Andrew Balding, William Haggas and the father-son Johnston duo of Mark and Charlie.