Trainers Championships 2020/2021

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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 so far about the Flat and Jump Trainers Championships:

National Hunt Trainers Championship

The jumps trainers’ championship runs each year from April to April – with the final day of the jumps season often help 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 – April, then 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 to deciding the jumps trainers’ championship each season.
The current (2019-20) Champion jumps trainer is Nicky Henderson, while the now retired Martin Pipe (15 titles) holds the record for the most titles.

Nicky Henderson currently has champion jumps titles to his name, while the other big UK stable of Paul Nicholls has 11 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 – one of that pair has won the title and during the 2020/21 jumps season we can expect another titanic battle between these two powerhouse 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 (15)
  • Most consecutive titles: 10, Martin Pipe (1996-2005)
Tiger Roll at Stable

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

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 a bit like the jumps season 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 then months of April and October, then these are the months that really the flat trainers’ title is decided.

The powerful John Gosden yard look like winning the 2020 title as they are well clear in the total prize money won, with Aidan O’Brien in second and Mark Johnston in third. And with no big-prizes on offer it’s likely to stay that way.
Trainer John Gosden has won the flat trainers’ title four times – including the last two seasons (2018 and 2019) so another win in 2020 will see his tally rise to five.

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 then the odds on the trainers championships change all the time.

But, as mentioned, the main part of the jumps season runs from Oct-April each year so this is when the big yards like Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson will target the big prizes. While 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 par isn’t winning the jumps champion trainer title again come April 2021.

While on the flat – John Gosden – should be crowned the champion trainer at the end of 2020 for a third year in a row, so you can expect Gosden and the likes of Aidan O’Brien to figure prominently in the betting for the 2021 flat trainers’ championship.

*Odds subject to change.

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