Leading trainers at The Cheltenham Festival – Some Facts & Figures

Gordon Elliott captured The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award for the second successive year in 2018, sending out a joint-record eight winners over the four days of The Cheltenham Festival.

Elliott’s eight winners equalled the record set by his great rival, Willie Mullins, in 2015. Mullins enjoyed seven winners in 2018 to become the most successful trainer of all-time at The Festival with 61 successes, overtaking Britain’s Nicky Henderson, who has had 60 victories after two wins and six seconds last year.

Despite gaining his first Festival victory as recently as 2011, Elliott is already up to 22 winners and only behind Willie Mullins, Tom Dreaper and Vincent O’Brien when it comes to the most successful Irish-based trainers of all time at The Festival.

The most successful trainers of all time at The Festival

Wins Trainer Wins Trainer
61 Willie Mullins IRE (1995-present) 18 Edward O’Grady IRE (1974-present)
60 Nicky Henderson (1985-present) 17 David Nicholson (1986-1999)
43 Paul Nicholls (1999-present) 17 Nigel Twiston-Davies (1992-present)
40 Fulke Walwyn (1946-86) 15 Harry Brown (1920-1938)
34 Martin Pipe (1981-2006) 15 Tom Coulthwaite (1911-1936)
28 Fred Winter (1970-1988) 15 Alan King (2004-present)
27 Fred Rimell (1948-1981) 15 David Pipe (2007-present)
26 Tom Dreaper IRE (1946-1971) 15 Tom Rimell (1927-1949)
26 Jonjo O’Neill (1991-present) 14 Dan Moore IRE (1953-1979)
23 Vincent O’Brien IRE (1948-1959) 13 Jack Anthony (1929-1950)
23 Bob Turnell (1956-1980) 13 Peter Easterby (1967-1986)
22 Ivor Anthony (1930-1952) 13 Tim Forster (1963-1998)
22 Gordon Elliott IRE (2011-present) 12 John Edwards (1969-1994)
19 George Beeby (1930-1959) 12 Tom Jones (1965-1978)
19 Philip Hobbs (1990-present)

The most successful current trainers at The Festival

Wins Trainer Wins Trainer
61 Willie Mullins IRE 9 David Elsworth
60 Nicky Henderson 8 Enda Bolger IRE
43 Paul Nicholls 8 Arthur Moore IRE
26 Jonjo O’Neill 7 Mouse Morris IRE
22 Gordon Elliott IRE 7 Colin Tizzard
19 Philip Hobbs 6 Tony Martin IRE
18 Edward O’Grady IRE 6 Donald McCain
17 Nigel Twiston-Davies 6 Aidan O’Brien IRE
15 Alan King 6 Oliver Sherwood
15 David Pipe 6 Venetia Williams
11 Jessica Harrington IRE 5 Henry de Bromhead IRE
10 Ferdy Murphy FR 5 Noel Meade IRE

Winners of The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award

2018 Gordon Elliott IRE (8)
2017 Gordon Elliott IRE (6)
2016 Willie Mullins IRE (7)
2015 Willie Mullins IRE (8)
2014 Willie Mullins IRE (4)
2013 Willie Mullins IRE (5)
2012 Nicky Henderson (7)
2011 Willie Mullins IRE (4)
2010 Nicky Henderson (3)
2009 Paul Nicholls (5)
2008 Paul Nicholls (3)
2007 Paul Nicholls (4)
2006 Paul Nicholls (3)
2005 Howard Johnson (3)
2004 Paul Nicholls (4)
2003 Jonjo O’Neill (3)
2002 Martin Pipe (3)
2001 Cancelled
2000 Nicky Henderson (4)
1999 Paul Nicholls (3)
1998 Martin Pipe (4)
1997 Martin Pipe (4)
1996 Ferdy Murphy, Edward O’Grady IRE, Martin Pipe (2)
1995 David Nicholson (3)
1994 David Nicholson, Edward O’Grady IRE (2)
1993 Nicky Henderson, Martin Pipe, Nigel Twiston-Davies (2)
1992 Nicky Henderson, David Nicholson, Simon Sherwood (2)
1991 Martin Pipe (3)
1990 Nicky Henderson (2)
1989 Toby Balding, John Edwards, David Elsworth, Josh Gifford, Martin Pipe (2)
1988 Josh Gifford (3)
1987 Toby Balding, Nicky Henderson, Fred Winter (2)
1986 Nicky Henderson (3)
1985 Nicky Henderson (3)
1984 Michael Dickinson (3)
1983 Michael Dickinson (3)
1982 Michael Dickinson (3)
1981 Peter Easterby (3)
1980 John Edwards, Edward O’Grady IRE, Bob Turnell, Fred Winter (2)

 

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