World’s Best Horse Trainers

The Top 10 World’s Best Racehorse Trainers 

While horseracing fans can often rattle off the names of their favourite racehorses and jockeys, horse trainers hardly ever get the acknowledgement they deserve. It’s hard to imagine just how much blood, sweat, and tears are invested in the training of racehorses and as it’s almost unbelievable just how talented some individuals are at training the Thoroughbred for racing success.

Aidan O’Brien

  • Has been working at Ballydoyle, an iconic racehorse training facility, since 1995
  • Hold the record for the most successful trainer at the Irish Derby with 8 wins, the Irish 2000 Guineas with 6 wins, and is tied as the best trainer at the Phoenix Stakes with 11 wins, and the Irish Champion Stakes with 5 wins.

Bart Cummings

  • Started training horses independently in 1953
  • Has earned himself the unofficial title of ‘Cup King’ by having trained twelve winners of the Melbourne Cup
  • Immortalised in Australia’s Sporting Hall of Fame and Racing Hall of Fame

Gai Waterhouse

  • Obtained her training license in 1992
  • Trained Dance Hero, winner of the Golden Slipper
  • Trained Nothin’ Leica Dane, Victoria Derby winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up
  • Awarded the Australian Sports Medal for the outstanding contribution to Thoroughbred racing in 2000

Henrietta Knight

  • Started training racehorses in 1989
  • Currently trains racehorses at a facility in Lockinge, Oxfordshire
  • Trained Best Mate, winner of the 2002 and 2003 Cheltenham Gold Cup, the King George Chase in 2002, the Ericsson Chase in 2003 and the Mersey’s Novices’ Chase in 2000
  • Trained Racing Demon, winner of the Peterborough Chase in 2007 and 2008

Henry Cecil

  • Obtained his training license in 1969
  • Has been named Championship Trainer 10 times making his charges particularly popular with horse racing betting
  • Has worked with jockeying greats such as Lester Piggott, Steve Cauthen, Kieren Fallon, and Pat Eddery
  • Has trained 8 winners of the Epsom Oaks and 6 winners in 1000 Guineas Stakes

Luca Cumani

  • Italian-born but has been training racehorses in the UK since 1976
  • His mother, Elena, was a successful amateur jockey and his father was a celebrated Italian trainer
  • Has trained 7 English Classics winners
  • Is the trainer with the most wins of the Sun Chariot Stakes with 6 winning horses

Mark Johnston

  • Started his company Mark Johnston Racing Ltd. In 1988 and purchased the property at Kingsley House which now houses one of the best racehorse training facilities in the UK
  • Has trained winners of the 1000 Guineas Stakes, 2000 Guineas Stakes, and won the Ascot Gold Cup 3 times
  • Trained Attraction who won the 1000 Guineas Stakes, Irish 1000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes, the Sun Chariot Stakes, and the Maiden Stakes

Mick Channon

  • Started training racehorses in 1990s
  • Has trained winners of the Cheveley Stakes, the Dewhurst Stakes, the Falmouth Stakes, the Nunthorpe Stakes, the St. James’s Palace Stakes, and the Sun Chariot Stakes, the Preis Von Europa (Germany), French Grant Prix De Saint-Cloud, the Prix Morny, the Prix De La Salamandre, the Italian Premio Lydia Tesio and Premio Roma

Steve Asmussen

  • Started his professional career as a horse trainer in 1986
  • Has produced winners for almost every major North American race – the US Classics, Lexington Stakes, Kentucky Oaks, Rebel Stakes, Arkansas Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Breeders Cup Classic
  • Received the 2008 and 2009 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and named the 2002, 2004, 2004, 2008, and 2009 US Champion Trainer

Todd Pletcher

  • Has received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer of the season for 4 consecutive years
  • Highest earning racehorse trainer from 2004-2006
  • His most significant charges include Super Saver, English Channel, Rags to Riches, Honey Ryder, and Any Given Sunday

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