The 3 Wise Men Of Jumps Racing
When thinking about Jumps racing in the UK your mind automatically moves towards these 3 Trainers.I will do a small profile of each Trainer to explain why they have done so well in last 15+ years.
The First one to go under the microscope is Paul Nichols.
Last Seasons Champion Trainer and has won that crown an incredible 10 times. His horse’s have won 111 Group 1 races,he has also won The Cheltenham Gold Cup 4 times and has trained 40 winners at the Festival. He has Trained some marvellous horses including See More Business, Kauto Star, Denman, Master Minded, Neptune Collonges, Tidal Bay, Silviniaco Conti & Big Buck’s. They and many more contributed to his winning ten trainers’ championships in the last 11 years.
Nichols has said that this season he has lots of young horse’s and remains upbeat with regards to defending his title.Although he has lost some experienced horse’s he will still be thereabouts at the end of the jumps campaign.
Nicky Henderson Champion trainer three times and the most successful trainer ever at the Cheltenham Festival with 52 winners to date. He dominated The Champion Hurdle in the late 1980s with See You Then who became the fourth horse to post a hat-trick of victories in the contest. More recently he has handled some spectacular jumpers, including Sprinter Sacre,Bobs Worth,Long Run,Binocular and Finians Rainbow.
He was Champion Trainer in the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons. His record at the Cheltenham Festival is particularly good and no currently active trainer has won more races at the Festival than Henderson.Although Henderson is known mostly as a jumps trainer one of Henderson’s most popular horses in recent years, Caracciola, won the Cesarewitch Handicap flat race at Newmarket in 2008 at odds of 50/1 as an 11-year-old, despite mainly being a National Hunt horse. Caracciola followed up this success by winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2009 as a 12-year-old with Eddie Ahern riding on both occasions.
Willie Mullins pushed Nichols all the way to the last day of the National Hunt Trainers Championship.Although he hasn’t won that accolade yet it’s not through lack of trying.
- Willie Mullins trained his first Cheltenham Festival winner in 1995
- He has trained 41 Festival winners and had a record haul of eight last year
Champion trainer in Ireland for the last eight years and 10 times in total, Mullins dominates National Hunt racing on both sides of the Irish Sea.His team of jockeys are led by Ruby Walsh, the most successful rider in Festival history, and include his son Patrick Mullins, who rode three winners at Cheltenham as an amateur jockey, trained his first Festival winner in 1995 but 31 of his subsequent 40 successes have come since 2008.He has dominated the Irish jumps racing scene over the past decade or so and has won most of the biggest jump races in England, Ireland and France, most notably the Grand National at Aintree in 2005 with Hedgehunter, and in April 2013 he won the largest prize of his entire career, over £465,000, when Blackstairmountain won the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan.
Willie Mullins has recently had 60 horse’s removed from his stable as a result of a dispute with Michael O’leary. Due to this Willie has since stated that his number 1 priority is retaining his title in Ireland.
Charlie’s Champion NH Trainer 2016 Analysis
Now we have the profiles out of the way I want to give my view on where I think the Champion Trainer’s Title will go this year.
Firstly Mullins is a very shrewd trainer not to be taken lightly but his focus will be in Ireland this term.Currently 3-1 to win Title.
Secondly Nichols is also not to be taken lightly he has lost quite a few of his more experienced horse’s so has mostly a young crop to rely on, can he win another title with a slightly weaker hand that will depend on whether he can get a good lead and hope for the best.Currently 1-3 for Title.
Thirdly Henderson a real difficult trainer to try and read he has some quality horse’s at his disposal but gives very little away. Some of his best horse’s are Sprinter Sacre, Altior,Whisper,My Tent or Yours,Clean Sheet,Nicholas Chauvin,Buveur D’Air to name a few.I feel this could be his best chance to snatch the Title from Nichols and currently at 8-1 seems a nice bit of value.All prices correct on 14 October 2016 on bet365 at 23.38
Written by Charlie Mcgreevy for 3Furlongs Out