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Ranking Ireland’s top current jumps racing trainers

ByDave Stopher

Jul 8, 2024

 

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Horse racing, particularly jumps racing, holds a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts in Ireland. The thrill of watching horses navigate challenging courses, combined with the horse racing betting markets, creates a unique spectacle that captivates fans across the nation. 

At the forefront of this sport are the trainers, whose expertise and dedication shape the success of their stables. Read on, as we rank Ireland’s top current jumps racing trainers, highlighting their remarkable achievements and contributions to the sport.  

  1. Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins is, without a doubt, the leading figure in not just Irish jumps racing but the entirety of the sport. His unparalleled success and consistent dominance in major races have established him as a true legend. Mullins’ yard in Closutton is renowned for producing champions, and his record at the Cheltenham Festival is particularly impressive, with over 100 wins across various prestigious races.

Mullins’ ability to prepare horses for the biggest events and his strategic acumen have resulted in victories in the Champion Hurdle, Gold Cup, and numerous other Grade 1 races. Horses like Hurricane Fly, Faugheen, and Al Boum Photo have all thrived under his guidance, showcasing his exceptional training skills and cementing his status as the top jumps trainer in Ireland.

  1. Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott is another powerhouse in the world of jumps racing, known for his remarkable training feats and a stable brimming with talent. Elliott’s rise to prominence has been marked by significant victories, including two Grand National wins with Tiger Roll, making him a household name in the sport.

Elliott’s success extends to the Cheltenham Festival, where he has trained 40 winners, including multiple victories in the Gold Cup and Stayers’ Hurdle. His ability to identify and nurture young talent, coupled with his strategic approach to race planning, has firmly established him as one of Ireland’s top jumps trainers.

  1. Henry de Bromhead

Henry de Bromhead has firmly established himself as a leading force in Irish jumps racing. His career has been marked by a series of notable successes, particularly in recent years, where he has enjoyed an exceptional run of victories in major races. De Bromhead’s training prowess is perhaps best exemplified by his extraordinary achievement in 2021, when he became the first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and the Champion Chase in the same season.

De Bromhead’s stable has featured a long list of top-class horses, including the likes of Honeysuckle, Minella Indo, and A Plus Tard. His ability to consistently deliver results at the highest level, coupled with his skill in preparing horses for the biggest stages, underscores his reputation as one of the top trainers in the jumps racing circuit.

  1. Gavin Cromwell

Gavin Cromwell has steadily risen through the ranks to become one of Ireland’s most respected jumps trainers. His approach to training, characterised by meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of his horses, has yielded impressive results on both the national and international stage.  

Cromwell’s standout achievements include winning the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham with Espoir D’Allen in 2019, a testament to his ability to prepare horses for the pinnacle of competition. 

Cromwell’s versatility as a trainer is evident in his success across a range of distances and race types, making him a formidable presence in the jumps racing scene. His continued success and growing reputation highlight his position among Ireland’s top jumps trainers. 

  1. Joseph O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien, though relatively young in the training ranks, has already made a significant impact in both flat and jumps racing. Following a highly successful career as a jockey, O’Brien transitioned to training and quickly demonstrated his aptitude in the jumps racing arena. His most notable horse is arguably Fakir D’oudairies, who is a multiple Grade 1 winner.

O’Brien’s dual expertise in flat and jumps racing sets him apart, allowing him to bring a unique perspective to his training methods. His ability to achieve success across different racing codes and his growing list of accomplishments underscore his potential to become one of Ireland’s leading jumps trainers.