Gordon Elliott captured The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award for the second successive year in 2018, sending out a magnificent joint-record eight winners over the four days of The Festival™ presented by Magners.

Elliott’s eight winners equalled the record set by his great rival in Ireland, Willie Mullins, in 2015. Mullins enjoyed seven winners in 2018 to become the most successful trainer of all-time at The Festival with 61 successes, overtaking Britain’s Nicky Henderson, who has had 60 victories after two wins and six seconds last year.

Despite gaining his first Festival victory as recently as 2011, Elliott is already up to 22 winners and only behind Willie Mullins, Tom Dreaper and Vincent O’Brien when it comes to the most successful Irish-based trainers of all time at The Festival.

The most successful trainers of all time at The Festival

 

Wins
Trainer
Wins
Trainer
61
Willie Mullins IRE (1995-present)
18
Edward O’Grady IRE (1974-present)
60
Nicky Henderson (1985-present)
17
David Nicholson (1986-1999)
43
Paul Nicholls (1999-present)
17
Nigel Twiston-Davies (1992-present)
40
Fulke Walwyn (1946-86)
15
Harry Brown (1920-1938)
34
Martin Pipe (1981-2006)
15
Tom Coulthwaite (1911-1936)
28
Fred Winter (1970-1988)
15
Alan King (2004-present)
27
Fred Rimell (1948-1981)
15
David Pipe (2007-present)
26
Tom Dreaper IRE (1946-1971)
15
Tom Rimell (1927-1949)
26
Jonjo O’Neill (1991-present)
14
Dan Moore IRE (1953-1979)
23
Vincent O’Brien IRE (1948-1959)
13
Jack Anthony (1929-1950)
23
Bob Turnell (1956-1980)
13
Peter Easterby (1967-1986)
22
Ivor Anthony (1930-1952)
13
Tim Forster (1963-1998)
22
Gordon Elliott IRE (2011-present)
12
John Edwards (1969-1994)
19
George Beeby (1930-1959)
12
Tom Jones (1965-1978)
19
Philip Hobbs (1990-present)
 
 
 
 
(NB trainers of some of the earliest winners were not recorded)
 
The most successful current trainers at The Festival
Wins
Trainer
Wins
Trainer
61
Willie Mullins IRE
9
David Elsworth
60
Nicky Henderson
8
Enda Bolger IRE
43
Paul Nicholls
8
Arthur Moore IRE
26
Jonjo O’Neill
7
Mouse Morris IRE
22
Gordon Elliott IRE
7
Colin Tizzard
19
Philip Hobbs
6
Tony Martin IRE
18
Edward O’Grady IRE
6
Donald McCain
17
Nigel Twiston-Davies
6
Aidan O’Brien IRE
15
Alan King
6
Oliver Sherwood
15
David Pipe
6
Venetia Williams
11
Jessica Harrington IRE
5
Henry de Bromhead IRE
10
Ferdy Murphy FR
5
Noel Meade IRE
 
Winners Of The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award
2018
Gordon Elliott IRE (8)
2017
Gordon Elliott IRE (6)
2016
Willie Mullins IRE (7)
2015
Willie Mullins IRE (8)
2014
Willie Mullins IRE (4)
2013
Willie Mullins IRE (5)
2012
Nicky Henderson (7)
2011
Willie Mullins IRE (4)
2010
Nicky Henderson (3)
2009
Paul Nicholls (5)
2008
Paul Nicholls (3)
2007
Paul Nicholls (4)
2006
Paul Nicholls (3)
2005
Howard Johnson (3)
2004
Paul Nicholls (4)
2003
Jonjo O’Neill (3)
2002
Martin Pipe (3)
2001
Cancelled
2000
Nicky Henderson (4)
1999
Paul Nicholls (3)
1998
Martin Pipe (4)
1997
Martin Pipe (4)
1996
Ferdy Murphy, Edward O’Grady IRE, Martin Pipe (2)
1995
David Nicholson (3)
1994
David Nicholson, Edward O’Grady IRE (2)
1993
Nicky Henderson, Martin Pipe, Nigel Twiston-Davies (2)
1992
Nicky Henderson, David Nicholson, Simon Sherwood (2)
1991
Martin Pipe (3)
1990
Nicky Henderson (2)
1989
Toby Balding, John Edwards, David Elsworth, Josh Gifford, Martin Pipe (2)
1988
Josh Gifford (3)
1987
Toby Balding, Nicky Henderson, Fred Winter (2)
1986
Nicky Henderson (3)
1985
Nicky Henderson (3)
1984
Michael Dickinson (3)
1983
Michael Dickinson (3)
1982
Michael Dickinson (3)
1981
Peter Easterby (3)
1980
John Edwards, Edward O’Grady IRE, Bob Turnell, Fred Winter (2)
 
TRAINING FEATS AT THE FESTIVAL
Trainers who have been successful in the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup and G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle in the same year
Year
Trainer
Gold Cup
Champion Hurdle
1930
Jack Anthony
Easter Hero
Brown Tony
1932
Basil Briscoe
Golden Miller
Insurance
1933
Basil Briscoe
Golden Miller
Insurance
1940
Owen Anthony
Roman Hackle
Solfold
1949
Vincent O’Brien IRE
Cottage Rake
Hatton’s Grace
1950
Vincent O’Brien IRE
Cottage Rake
Hatton’s Grace
1962
Fulke Walwyn
Mandarin
Anzio
1981
Peter Easterby
Little Owl
Sea Pigeon
1995
Kim Bailey
Master Oats
Alderbrook
No trainer has ever won the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, Unibet Champion Hurdle and Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase in the same season or the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, Unibet Champion Hurdle and the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle in the same season.
Jim Dreaper won the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle in 1975 with Ten Up, Lough Inagh and Brown Lad respectively, while Paul Nicholls emulated the feat in 2009 with Kauto Star (Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup), Master Minded (Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase) and Big Buck’s (Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle).
 
Most successful trainers in the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
5
Tom Dreaper IRE (1946 Prince Regent, 1964, 1965 & 1966 Arkle, 1968 Fort Leney)
 
4
Basil Briscoe (1932, 1933, 1934 & 1935 Golden Miller)

 

 

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