Trainers Championships 2019/2020

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Like every other sport competition across the world, the recent COVID-19 outbreak has caused havoc among many areas of UK Horse Racing.

The championship for trainers under both codes is likely to be severely impacted, the Flat Trainers Championship was due to be run between January and December of 2020, while the jumps version was expected to finish next month and then start immediately afterwards for the 2020/2021 season.

However, it looks as if both championships are going to be rather unique this year in light of the pandemic compared to recent history and in a worst-case scenario, we may have already completed both.

Here’s what you need to know so far about the Flat and Jump Trainers Championships:

National Hunt Trainers Championship

The Jump trainers championship differs to the Flat counterparts as it was entering the final, and most important, stages. As per usual, it was being built up into a ding-dong battle between two of Britain’s finest trainers of all time; Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls.

The gap between both in prize money stood at just over £200,000 and was expected to go right down to the wire with plenty of money on offer at the Grand National, Scottish Grand National and bet365 Gold Cup meetings. Of course, this will not happen now with UK racing suspended until late April at the earliest.

Effectively, this season’s National Hunt Championship is over and Nicky Henderson will be crowned the winner for the sixth time, but it will be a subdued celebration in the circumstances and given the racing public were denied the chance to watch a classic battle between the yards.

Leading Trainers – National Hunt 2019/2020 – by Total-Prize-Money

TrainerNo. of WinsNo. of RunsTotal Prize Money*Bet on Trainers
Nicky Henderson118457£2,533,862.97Bet with
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Paul Nicholls96445£2,341,313.11Bet with
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Dan Skelton119725£1,486,253.94Bet with
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Willie Mullins868£1,421,679.66Bet with
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Gordon Elliott1561083£3,536,138.05Bet with
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*Statistics at time of writing March 2020.

National Hunt Trainers Championship Previous Winners

  • Most National Hunt Championship titles: Martin Pipe
  • Most consecutive titles: 10, Martin Pipe (1996-2005)
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Gordon Elliott Stable Visit – Cullentra House: Two time Grand National winner Tiger Roll with trainer Gordon Elliott and groom Louise Magee during the stable visit to Gordon Elliott’s yard at Cullentra House, Co. Meath. Brian Lawless/PA Images/Ritzau Scanpix

Flat Trainers Championship

This year’s championship was in its early stages and it was no shock to see that the All-weather specialists had taken an early lead. Michael Appleby, who is known to be a specialist with horses on the synthetic surface, had a healthy £300,000 lead over Mark Johnston, while Tony Carroll also got off to a flying start in the first couple of months.

It is unlikely this will stay the same however, with the likes of John Gosden, Charlie Appleby and Aidan O’Brien keeping their big guns wrapped up for the time being. Once again though, with the uncertainty around the racing season, it is possible this will be a unique year but it would take a barnstorming season from someone to break the hold Gosden and O’Brien have on the championship as they have taken the last five renewals between them.

Leading Trainers – Flat Trainers 2019/2020 – by Total-Prize-Money

TrainerNo. of WinsNo. of RunsTotal Prize Money*Bet on Trainers
Michael Appleby30301£231,283.02Bet with
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Mark Johnston21130£197,042.17Bet with
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Tony Carroll29179£191,909.67Bet with
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Stuart Williams1795£175,374.48Bet with
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*Statistics at time of writing March 2020.

Flat Trainers Championship Previous Winners

  • Most titles: Alec Taylor, Jr. (12)
  • Most consecutive titles: Alec Taylor, Jr (1917-1923)

Trainers Championship Odds

As of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Hunt Championship odds have become slightly skewered. With the likelihood the season is over, Nicky Henderson is best-priced 4/11* to lift the title. In some cases with bookmakers, they are only taking bets on Henderson to win or have suspended betting.

It is the same case with the flat with the market suspended until the season gets up and running once more, but the aforementioned duo of Gosden and O’Brien are likely to be well-supported in the market once more.

One contest that continues to go on is the Irish National Hunt Trainers Championship. Willie Mullins is a 1/7* shot ahead of Gordon Elliott (4/1*) to land yet another title.

However, with racing continuing from behind closed doors, there is every chance Elliott could close the gap if he was to have good spells at the Irish Grand National meeting and Punchestown Festival as he bids for his maiden title success.

*Odds subject to change.

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