Leading Trainers at the Cheltenham Festival

Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th March 2019

The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award went to Willie Mullins with four winners. Ireland's champion Jump trainer narrowly edged out Britain's champion Jump trainer, Nicky Henderson, who also had four winners but one less second place. It was a sixth The Independent Leading Trainer Award for Mullins following honours in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Al Boum Photo

Mullins remains the leading trainer of all-time at The Festival with 65 winners - one ahead of Henderson on 64. This year saw Mullins finally land the biggest prize of all at The Festival, with Al Boum Photo taking the £625,000 G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
 
Henderson's four winners in 2019 were headed by Altior, who landed the G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second year. Altior's victory enabled Henderson to join the late Tom Dreaper as the most successful trainer ever in the two-mile chasing championship with six victories. 
 
Five trainers gained their first victory at The Festival in 2019 - Martin Brassil, Ben Case, Gavin Cromwell, Joseph O'Brien, who enjoyed two wins, and Philip Rowley.
 
The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award 2019 -
Final Standings
 
Trainer   1st    2nd      3rd
Willie Mullins IRE 4   5     4
Nicky Henderson  4   4     1
Gordon Elliott IRE 3   4     5
Joseph O'Brien IRE 2   2     1
Paul Nicholls   2   1    1
Dan Skelton   2   -     1
Henry de Bromhead IRE 2   -     -
Philip Hobbs   1   -     2
Ben Pauling   1   -     1
Martin Brassil IRE 1   -     -
Ben Case   1   -     -
Gavin Cromwell IRE 1   -     -
Emma Lavelle   1   -     -
Philip Rowley   1   -     -
Ted Walsh IRE 1   -     -
Nick Williams   1   -     -
Olly Murphy   -   1     1
Enda Bolger IRE -   1     -
Tom George   -   1     -
Debra Hamer   -   1     -
Richard Hobson -   1     -
Tony Martin IRE -   1     -
Paul Nolan IRE -   1     -
Jedd O'Keeffe   -   1     -
Henry Oliver   -   1     -
Sue Smith   -   1     -
Colin Tizzard   -   1    -
Venetia Williams -   1     -
Nigel Twiston-Davies -   -     2
Nick Alexander -   -     1
Emmanuel Clayeux FR -   -     1
Jessica Harrington IRE -   -     1
Alan King   -   -     1
Noel Meade IRE -   -     1
Kelly Morgan   -   -     1
Neil Mulholland -   -     1
Terence O'Brien IRE -   -     1
Evan Williams   -   -     1

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