Would you like to become a top horse racing trainer? If you're comfortable around needles and don't mind waking up at the crack of dawn to the heady smell of manure then this could be a career path for you. But let's be serious for a moment: racehorse trainers wield a tremendous amount of power in the sport of kings and they are always a factor in handicapping horse racing. There are some top trainers who are nearly always worth betting on, because they extract the maximum effort from their charges. Their methods are usually top secret, and frequently do involve plenty of "medication" and blood-work, but you cannot argue with the results.
We showcase the best trainers in the world, profiling their rise to prominence and providing snapshots of their most famous runners. Whether it is the man behind the Coolmore horse racing empire, Aiden O'Brien, or the ageless legend of Australian horse racing, Bart Cummings, you'll find their trainer biographies right here.
We feature colourful trainers who have skirted the boundaries of ethical behaviour in the past, men such as Tricky Rick Dutrow Jr. for instance, and we also take a look at glamorous trainers who make the sport aesthetically pleasing. Here we're talking more about Gai Waterhouse and less about Bazza Hills.
If you're planning to bet on horse racing in South Africa, Hong Kong, or just in your home city you need to know who the best horse trainers are, and you'll find them all on this page.
The United Kingdom remains one of the biggest horse racing betting nations in the world. If you're in the UK and interested in the latest horse racing odds you're never more than a short walk away from finding them out on the High Street, or looking them up online on a bookie's website.
Rated Horse Racing Trainers
|Mark Johnston owner of Kingsley House, in Middleham, North Yorkshire, England, currently trains more than 140 horses and is a market mover of note in UK horse racing betting.|
|David Payne has gained a reputation in Australia by gaining the award of Black Opal and winning the Group One Flight Stakes with Unearthly.|
|Christophe Clement's outstanding training career includes over 130 graded stakes winners up to 2009. |
|Richard Mandella a successful trainer from the U.S and inductee in 2001 to the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.|
|Paul Nicholls is known as the new kid on the block and has 16 festival winners at the Cheltenham Festival.|
|Martin Pipe has trained hundreds of winning race horses, and became one of the most successful recorded national hunt horse trainers.|
|Sean Tarry has shot to prominence in recent years becoming one of South Africa's leading trainers. His top sprinters Mythical Flight, National Colour, and to a somewhat lesser extent Thekkady have achieved global recognition. |
Rick Dutrow Jr
|Rick Dutrow Jr is one of the more "colorful" trainers in the USA. He is known now as Big Brown's outspoken and never cautiously optimistic trainer, but his bio reveals that before 2008 he was better known for being the controversial son of the legendary Richard "Dick" Dutrow.|
|Lee Freedman is arguably the leading racehorse trainer in Australia today with many famous wins to his credit including five Melbourne Cup wins and a sprint win at the 2007 Royal Ascot meeting with Miss Andretti.|
|Gai Waterhouse is one of the leading horse racing trainers in Australia and her biography is fascinating. Waterhouse horses have won the Melbourne Cup as well as the Victoria Derby amongst numerous Group 1 wins. |
|Mike Bass is one of the leading trainers in South Africa and has dominated horse racing in the Western Cape for more than a decade. His horses have won the most important races in the country. |
|The trainer of many multiple Group 1 winning racehorses, Luca Cumani is also known as a mentor for jockeys and budding young trainers alike.|
|John Gosden hails from a horse racing family and has won major horse races in America and throughout Europe.|
|Jeremy Noseda is a leading light in UK horse racing and is always a danger to win English and European classics.|
|David Ferraris was a champion trainer in South Africa before becoming incredibly successful in the Hong Kong horse racing scene.|
|Barry Hills is one of England's greatest horse racing figures, not only as a trainer but as the father of five sons who are all involved in the sport as well.|
|A profile of Robert J "Bobby" Frankel, one of the leading trainers in the USA. Frankel has trained some great horses, most notably Ghostzapper who won the Dubai World Cup.|
|William Mott is the USA trainer of the legendary Cigar. He has a great reputation as a trainer of turf horses and has been associated with some of the best runners on grass in America in recent decades.|
|Sir Michael Stoute is one of the greatest living trainers in the UK with an impressive nine championship titles to his credit. Stoute has trained numerous horse racing legends including the ill-fated Shergar.|
|Arguably the greatest living trainer in France and a titan of flat thoroughbred horse racing, Fabre has won countless Group One races. He still has to win the Epsom Derby but horses like Hurricane Run and Swain have made him a household name in the sport.|
Saeed bin Suroor
|The man responsible for handling and stabling the Godolphin horse racing empire is a former policeman named Saeed bin Suroor and he has stamped his authority on global horseracing in no uncertain manner. His multiple big race wins stretch from the Breeders' Cup to The Arc. |
D Wayne Lukas
|D Wayne Lukas is a four-time Eclipse Award winner for outstanding trainer in the USA. He has won thirteen Triple Crown races including four Kentucky Derby victories. Lukas' yard actually won all three Triple Crown races in 1995 but he did it with two horses, Thunder Gulch and Timber Country.|
|Todd Pletcher is a multiple Eclipse Award winning trainer who has smashed earnings records in the USA. He is the current champion trainer in America and has become a dominant force on both coasts. He won the Belmont Stakes in 2007 with the filly Rags To Riches.|
|Aidan O'Brien is Ireland's most successful trainer and definitely one of the best in the world today. He trains for Coolmore and together they have won many of the biggest horse races in the world thanks to champions like Johannesburg, Dylan Thomas, and George Washington.|
|One of the great East Coast trainers of the current generation, Nick Zito has won his fair share of Triple Crown races and is a Hall Of Fame trainer in the USA. Zito's rise to prominence was always on the cards|
Mike de Kock
|Arguably the greatest trainer in South Africa and one of the all-time best to emerge from the country, Mike de Kock has put South African horse racing on the world map training some of the best known exports including Horse Chestnut and Victory Moon|
|Henry Cecil is one of England's best trainers and has been crowned champion trainer a staggering 10 times to date. He has conditioned some of the best horses of all time including Reference Point and Oh So Sharp|
|Bob Baffert is one of the great trainers currently plying his trade in the USA. He dominates horse racing on the West Coast and has numerous Triple Crown victories to his credit.|
|Profile of Bart Cummings, the greatest trainer in the history of Australian horse racing. We've included a brief Bart Cummings bio as well as a list of some of the greatest horses he has trained over the years|