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Henderson Leads The Pack At The Festival
14/02/13

Trainer Nicky Henderson saddled a record seven winners at The Festival in 2012, taking his total successes at the meeting to 46. This enabled the master of Seven Barrows to become the most successful trainer of all time at The Festival, overtaking Fulke Walwyn's longstanding record of 40 winners. Henderson has taken The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at The Festival nine times in total (sharing it three times).

Nicky Henderson
Nicky Henderson
Reigning champion trainer Paul Nicholls has been leading trainer at The Festival six times and is fourth on the all-time list with 32 successes, despite only saddling his first winner at the meeting in 1999.

Ireland's most successful current trainer at The Festival is Willie Mullins, who has 24 winners to his name after three successes last year and is within two of the Irish record-holder Tom Dreaper.

Jonjo O'Neill, based near Cheltenham, also sent out three winners in 2012 and moved onto 21 victories at The Festival.

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINERS OF ALL-TIME AT THE FESTIVAL

46 Nicky Henderson (1985- )

40 Fulke Walwyn (Winners from 1946-86)

34 Martin Pipe (1981-2006)

32 Paul Nicholls (1999- )

28 Fred Winter (1970-88)

26 Tom Dreaper IRE (1946-71)

25 Fred Rimell (1948-81)

24 Willie Mullins IRE (1995- )

23 Vincent O'Brien IRE (1948-59)

23 Bob Turnell (1956-80)

22 Ivor Anthony (1930-52)­

21 Jonjo O'Neill (1991- )

19 George Beeby (1930-59)

18 Edward O'Grady IRE (1974- )

17 David Nicholson (1986-99)

16 Philip Hobbs (1990- )

15 Harry Brown (1920-38)

15 Tom Coulthwaite (1911-36)

15 Tom Rimell (1927-49)

14 Dan Moore IRE (1953-79)

13 Jack Anthony (1929-50)

13 Tim Forster (1963-98)

13 Peter Easterby (1967-86)

13 Nigel Twiston-Davies (1992- )

12 John Edwards (1969-94)

12 Tom Jones (1965-78)

12 Alan King (2004- )

(Current trainers in bold) 

(NB Trainers of some of the earliest winners were not recorded)

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT TRAINERS AT THE FESTIVAL

46 Nicky Henderson

32 Paul Nicholls

24 Willie Mullins IRE

21 Jonjo O'Neill

18 Edward O'Grady IRE

16 Philip Hobbs

13 Nigel Twiston-Davies

12 Alan King

10 Ferdy Murphy

9 David Elsworth

8 Arthur Moore IRE

8 David Pipe

7 Jessica Harrington IRE

7 Mouse Morris IRE

6 Francois Doumen FR

6 Donald McCain

6 Oliver Sherwood

5 Enda Bolger IRE

5 Dessie Hughes IRE

5 Aidan O'Brien IRE

5 Venetia Williams

 

THE IRISH INDEPENDENT LEADING TRAINER AWARD

The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award is decided on the number of winners trained over the four days. If there is a tie, the decision will go down to the number of second places. If there is still a tie, the number of third places will be taken into account and the award will be shared if there remains a tie after that.

Past Winners Of The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award

2012: Nicky Henderson (7)

2011: Willie Mullins (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, Martin Pipe (2)

1995: David Nicholson (3)

1994: David Nicholson, Edward O'Grady, Martin Pipe (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, Fulke Walwyn (2)

1981: Peter Easterby (3)

1980: John Edwards, Edward O'Grady, Bob Turnell, Fred Winter (2)

 

TRAINING FEATS AT THE FESTIVAL

 

MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINERS IN THE BETFRED CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

5

Tom Dreaper IRE (1946 Prince Regent, 1964, 1965 and 1966 Arkle, 1968 Fort Leney)

4

Basil Briscoe (1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935 Golden Miller)

Paul Nicholls (1999 See More Business, 2007 and 2009 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman)

Vincent O'Brien IRE (1948, 1949 and 1950 Cottage Rake, 1953 Knock Hard)

Fulke Walwyn (1952 Mont Tremblant, 1962 Mandarin, 1963 Mill House, 1973 The Dikler)

3

Owen Anthony (1927 Thrown In, 1936 Golden Miller, 1940 Roman Hackle)

 Henrietta Knight (2002, 2003 and 2004 Best Mate)

2

Ivor Anthony (1938 Morse Code, 1941 Poet Prince)

Jack Anthony (1929 and 1930 Easter Hero)

George Beeby (1939 Brendan's Cottage, 1951 Silver Fame)

Noel Chance (1997 Mr Mulligan, 2000 Looks Like Trouble)

Michael Dickinson (1982 Silver Buck, 1983 Bregawn)

Peter Easterby (1979 Alverton, 1981 Little Owl)

Dan Moore IRE (1970 and 1971 L'Escargot)

 

MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINERS IN THE STAN JAMES CHAMPION HURDLE

5

Peter Easterby (1967 Saucy Kit, 1976 and 1977 Night Nurse, 1980 and 1981 Sea Pigeon)

Nicky Henderson (1985, 1986 and 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular)

4

Vic Smyth (1941 Seneca, 1942 Forestation, 1947 and 1948 National Spirit)

Fred Winter (1971 and 1972 Bula, 1974 Lanzarote, 1988 Celtic Shot)

3         

Colin Davies (1968, 1969 and 1970 Persian War)

Aidan O'Brien IRE (1998, 1999 and 2000 Istabraq)

Vincent O'Brien IRE (1949, 1950 and 1951 Hatton's Grace)

Ryan Price (1955 Clair Soleil, 1959 Fare Time, 1961 Eborneezer)

Willie Stephenson (1952, 1953 and 1954 Sir Ken)

 

MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINERS IN THE SPORTINGBET QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE

6         

Tom Dreaper IRE (1960 and 1961 Fortria, 1964 Ben Stack, 1966 Flyingbolt, 1969 Muir, 1970 Straight Fort)

4         

Paul Nicholls (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 and 2009 Master Minded)

3         

Michael Dickinson (1982 Rathgorman, 1983 and 1984 Badsworth Boy)

 

MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINERS IN THE LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE

4         

Paul Nicholls (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Big Buck's)       

3

Howard Johnson (2005, 2007 & 2008 Inglis Drever)

Fulke Walwyn (1982 & 1986 Crimson Embers, 1985 Rose Ravine)         

2

Francois Doumen FR (2002 & 2003 Baracouda)

Nicky Henderson (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal)

John Mulhern IRE (1987 & 1988 Galmoy)

Edward O'Grady IRE (1978 Flame Gun, 1980 Mountrivers)

Martin Pipe (1994 Balasani, 1996 Cyborgo)

 

TRAINERS WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THE BETFRED CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP AND STAN JAMES CHAMPION HURDLE IN THE SAME YEAR

1930 Jack Anthony  (Easter Hero - Gold Cup / Champion Hurdle - Brown Tony)

1932 Basil Briscoe (Golden Miller / Insurance)

1933 Basil Briscoe (Golden Miller / Insurance)

1940 Owen Anthony (Roman Hackle / Solford)

1949 Vincent O'Brien IRE (Cottage Rake / Hatton's Grace)

1950 Vincent O'Brien IRE (Cottage Rake / Hatton's Grace)

1962 Fulke Walwyn (Mandarin / Anzio)

1981 Peter Easterby (Little Owl / Sea Pigeon)

1995 Kim Bailey (Master Oats / Alderbrook)

No trainer has ever won the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, Stan James Champion Hurdle and Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase in the same season or the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, Stan James Champion Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in the same season. Jim Dreaper won the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in 1975 with Ten Up, Lough Inagh and Brown Lad respectively, while Paul Nicholls emulated the feat in 2009 with Kauto Star (Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup), Master Minded (Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase) and Big Buck's (Ladbrokes World Hurdle).

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