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What is Horse Trainer Directory? The answer to that question depends on the purpose of using our well received website. From a thoroughbred horse trainers point of view it is about helping promote their business to a wider audience. We are growing fast and this month our website will exceed 14,000 page views. We also use Twitter, Facebook & Google+ to help promote trainers big and small on a daily basis. We are known by horse trainers across the country and receive many testimonials. In addition, we give readers free use of our trainer locator so you know who is closest to your home or where to find the trainer of your choice. In fact you can even find their contact details to phone them to inquire if needed. 

The brilliance of Horse Trainer Directory is that our free portal allows trainers, business and horse racing fans to work together with our user-friendly format. As we say, in no more than three clicks of your mouse you can have the information you need at your finger tips. There simply isn't an easier way to find this primary data and why readers know our website goes the extra furlong - so you don't have to. Don't waste time searching the net, bookmarking umpteen pages when you need one page - Horse Trainer Directory.

Our readers are spoiled for choice. Never has it been easier to use our website and it is bursting at the seams with all the latest news. 

What do we have to offer race fans? 

If you have been searching the net for horse trainer information then you will have to go along way to find a better website.

We detail 100s Horse Trainer Websites, Blogs & Twitter Links. In fact we are pretty sure we have every trainer big or small. 

Searching for a racecourse? Well we have one handy page which details all websites and twitter links. It's a great way to know all the fixtures, free ticket offers and news. 

Need to find a horse trainer by location? Our Trainer Locator means you can find them fast - far or near. 

If you want the inside views of the trainer then the LIVE trainer blogs give insight that simply isn't published elsewhere. We have almost 100 trainers on this facility. When they upload their blogs - you get them first. 

To make life easier we feature all the leading Flat trainer blogs (National Hunt in winter) on our home page. However, you can find all trainer blogs via our links and fast buttons. 

Our latest feature is Horse Trainer Quotes.  We detail a number of leading trainer quotes on a daily basis. We will be adding to the list but already we have Marco Botti, Brian Meehan, Mark Usher, Richard Hannon, Julia Fielden, Jeremy Noseda, Roger Charlton, Paul Cole....and many more. 

Horse Trainer Directory goes the extra furlong.

The Easy Way To Find Horse Trainer Facebook Pages

That's right! No more searching the internet for the latest horse trainer news. Horse Trainer Directory already details websites, blogs & twitter links but we want to give you a full house and now we feature Horse Trainer Facebook pages, too. It's great for photographs and also hearing views from other race fans. Take a look at our page here. Or just click on our quick buttons and gain access to over 100 trainers. As an example take a look at Victor Dartnall's Facebook page. 

Ferdy Not Camera Shy For Ladies Day Crabbie’s Grand National 2015

The Crabbie’s Grand National advertising campaign for 2015 has been unveiled. A set of dramatic, powerful images that really capture the spirit and thrill of this great race. 

Being local to Aintree Paul Green's Oaklea Racing Stables were asked if they could supply a horse to partner Katie Walsh for the Ladies Day advert. Green said: ''Lets say, when it came to finding a horse that knew how to pose we knew we had the perfect one. Good looks, style and certainly not camera shy…step up Ferdy!'' 

As we all know Katie Walsh is no stranger to riding racehorses, but I’m sure that even she found riding in a full-length dress a bit hard to negotiate. Ferdy was a perfect gentleman and even with a 3 ft train flapping around his bum he still behaved impeccably…well most of the time!

Plenty of interest already in Cheltenham championship races

Although the National Hunt season proper has only really got under way with the arrival of the autumn rain, there are already plenty of punters taking more than a second glance at the ante-post markets for the principal championship races for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, writes Elliot Slater.

Many of the market principals hail from the most powerful yards in the sport with the likes of Willie Mullins, Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, David Pipe, Jonjo O’Neill, and Alan King all fielding representatives with a prominent position in the Cheltenham Festival betting next yaer.
Mullins’ tremendous prospect Faugheen, winner of the Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, is generally sharing favouritism at around 5/1 for this term’s Champion Hurdle alongside the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained star The New One, a horse who many observers felt was unlucky not to win last term’s blue riband contest in which he finished a close third to Jessica Harrington’s Jezki after recovering well from being badly hampered by a faller at an early stage of the contest. Jezki is expected to try and defend his title, while last season’s runner-up, the Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours, is another potential candidate proving popular with punters in the ante-post Cheltenham Festival betting.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is already being priced up as something of a two-horse race – but what a fantastic pair they are. The 2013 champion, Sprinter Sacre, is generally quoted the 3/1 ante-post favourite, just ahead of last year’s impressive winner Sire de Grugy (4/1), the Gary Moore-trained star who took full advantage of Sprinter Sacre’s absence after the top-class Henderson-trained chaser pulled up on his only start of last season suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

With his ailments reportedly behind him now, the return to the fray of Sprinter Sacre is going to be one of the most exciting events of the first half of the season, and the prospective series of battles between him and Sire de Grugy throughout the campaign is likely to draw in tremendous crowds wherever they compete.

The World Hurdle, the highlight on day three of the meeting, will once again be the main target for the Jonjo O’Neill-trained More Of That, who maintained his perfect record when inflicting a first ever defeat on the high-class Willie Mullins-trained mare Annie Power in a memorable renewal of the three-mile contest last March. At current best odds in the ante-post betting with odds of just 3/1, More of That is likely to be one of the hottest favourites of the week if he maintains his form this season. Annie Power may take him on again, (although connections appear more likely to target the Mares’ Hurdle), so it remains to be seen if any new dangers, such as the Punchestown winner Jetson, will emerge as serious challengers to O’Neill’s star turn.

The most open of the four major championship races is the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself with no outstanding candidate at this early stage of the season. The latest ante-post odds reflect this, with betting firms offering 10/1 the field, former champion Bobs Worth and the Grade 1 Aintree winner Holywell, (a winner of a handicap at the Cheltenham Festival a few weeks earlier), heading a wide-open field. Bobs Worth didn’t appear quite as good last year as the previous campaign when the Henderson-trained gelding won the Gold Cup in great style, but he wasn’t beaten far in March behind Jim Culloty’s surprise winner Lord Windermere, who is currently a general 14/1 shot to retain his crown.

Brilliant Bravo!

Bravo Zolo [pictured, on the gallops] shows his rivals a clean pair of heels when winning the class 3 nursery at Kempton last night [1st October]. The big bay colt a son of Rip Van Winkle sparkled under the floodlights and galloped away well to the line. He now has 2 wins to his name and looks a nice progressive type. 

“He has an entry in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and we will have to see how he has progressed from this race before we make any firm plans. He is shaping into a smart horse”. Said a delighted Mario Baratti, Assistant trainer. Who was at Kempton to saddle the 2 runners.

Sharp Sailor was very unlucky not to be making it a Kempton double. “When they took an age to call the result of the photo I though we had clinched it, He was really running onto the line”.Said Mario. Sharp Sailor finished a nose down to eventual winner My Reward. It was a real ding dong all the way as the early steady pace forced it into a sprint to the line.

Visit Marco Botti's website for more stable news. 

2014/15 British National Hunt Trainers’ Championship

The nights are beginning to draw in now and it is coming to the time of the year when the National Hunt game begins to emerge from the shadow of its Flat season counterpart.
Across the length and breadth of the nation, the handlers of the jumping scene are training up their horses in preparation for what promises to be yet another exciting campaign. Here we will discuss the merits of several trainers’ in their quest to become the British National Hunt Trainers Champion for 2014/15.

Returning stars key

Leading the current market with Betfair is Nicky Henderson, who will surely have a huge say in the destination of this seasons’ title. The Seven Barrows handler has an extensive team of horses in his stable, but the key to the hopes of the Henderson yard could well hinge on some of his major stars returning from injury.

Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig were both huge players who catapulted Henderson to the top of the jumping sphere back in 2012/13 with some sparkling performances, but Simonsig never made a track appearance last term, while Sacre was pulled-up on his only start at Kempton, behind Sire De Grugy, who went on to take his Champion Chase crown at Cheltenham.

While these two horses will not make or break the chances of the Henderson yard, a return to form for both would be hugely significant – especially with so many tempting prizes on offer for Sprinter Sacre at the minimum trip.

Potentially vulnerable

The reigning champion, Paul Nicholls, will be looking to win his ninth title in the past ten years. With the likes of Kauto Star, Master Minded and Denman all retired from the game in recent seasons, combined with the defection of star jockey Ruby Walsh to the Willie Mullins yard in Ireland, Nicholls is more vulnerable to the challenges of the rest than ever before. However, the Ditcheat handler still has many bullets of ammunition to fire amongst his yard to attempt to maintain his dominance of the National Hunt game.

Nicholls has always had a promising group of novices, and with the likes of Irving and Lac Fontana coupled with stable star Silviniaco Conti, another title bid could yet be on the cards, but the lack of current top-class stars in the yard is a major concern, especially at such short odds in the betting.

Major player

Jonjo O’Neill is the current – albeit very early – leader of the trainers’ standings. With the extensive backing of owner JP McManus, alongside the relentless urge for winners that AP McCoy brings, the team from Jackdaws Castle may well be a major player this seasons’ race for the title. O’Neill has plenty of very promising horses at his disposal, including More of That who claimed the World Hurdle at Cheltenham in just his fifth race under rules.

Holywell, was also in the winners’ enclosure at the Festival and at Aintree and is one of the market favourites for the Gold Cup next March. Taquin Du Seuil was also a hugely promising novice chaser last term in bagging two Graded races and is also another weapon for the Irish trainer to utilise. Shutthefrontdoor also went into many notebooks for this seasons’ Grand National with his Irish National win at Fairyhouse back in April, which highlights even further the strength of the emerging O’Neill team.

Best of the rest

David Pipe, Alan King, Phillip Hobbs, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Donald McCain are all trainers who are held in very high regard on the National Hunt circuit, but it seems very unlikely that any of this quintet can seriously challenge the likes of the above three. All of these trainers will surely have their big days over the upcoming calendar, but will lack the consistency of big-prized winners to maintain a serious challenge.

In conclusion

Jonjo O’Neill may yet prove a very serious threat to the likes of Nicholls and Henderson this season. With an ever burgeoning yard, alongside some hugely promising talent, the Jackdaws Castle operation could wrestle the title from their illustrious rivals – who have some question marks to answer. No matter who wins the Trainers’ title for 2014/15, it promises to be yet another fantastic season to look forward to.