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17 Nov 2020

Jumps Trainers Who Have Dominated Big Races

Jumps Trainers Who Have Dominated Big Races
There are just some high-profile horse races which year in, year out, trainers target and develop fabulous records in them as a result. Such stats are something you need to know before betting, so here are some famous examples. 

King George VI Chase (Paul Nicholls) 

As the feature contest on Boxing Day, the King George VI Chase is a historic race and its rich roll of honour has been enhanced by Paul Nicholls, who has farmed the Kempton Park Grade 1 steeplechase over three miles down the years. 

The winner has come out of his Ditcheat stables a record 11 times since 1997. Among those are some of the modern greats of National Hunt racehorses. Kauto Star won the King George five times on his own, cementing his status as an equine legend.


Nicholls has also trained three other multiple winners in See More Business, Silviniaco Conti and Clan Des Obeaux, who has landed the spoils in each of the last two seasons.  

The latter is 11/4 favourite with some bookmakers for his hat-trick but, as horse racing results on Paddy Power will tell you, Clan Des Obeaux does usually need a run to strip fitter for Kempton.

Christmas Hurdle and Champion Hurdle (Nicky Henderson) 

Some of the top two-mile hurdlers to ever grace the sport have been trained in the horse racing hub of Lambourn at Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows yard. For evidence of that, look no further than his superb record in two Grade 1 contests - the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and the Cheltenham Festival's Champion Hurdle. 

Dealing with the Christmas Hurdle first, Henderson has had a record nine successes this century. Seven of those have come in the last decade with Binocular doubling up in 2010 and 2011. Henderson's victories have often been for leading Irish owner JP McManus in both the Christmas and Champion Hurdle.

Binocular, Buveur D'Air and Epatante managed to double up in the same season. Henderson has trained the Champion Hurdle winner eight times with See You Then hitting a hat-trick in the mid-1980s. 

There was a 22-year gap before the stable added another success following that, but in recent times this yard has been the one to follow. Epatante and Buveur D'Air may meet in the 2021 Champion Hurdle after the latter returned to training after suffering a freak injury in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle last winter. 

Champion Bumper (Willie Mullins) 

A championship National Hunt Flat race, colloquially called a bumper, was added to the Cheltenham Festival programme in 1992. Since 1996, master Irish trainer Willie Mullins has farmed this race. 

He has saddled 10 different horses to Champion Bumper glory, and the race has launched the career of many stars of the sport. Florida Pearl took the spoils in 1997, with Champagne Fever also on the roll of honour in 2012. 

The Mullins stable has done particularly well with five-year-olds in the race with nine of its winners being that age. There will definitely be something in the yard out this winter that will have the aim of adding more Champion Bumper glory in 2021.