Most Successful Trainers of all time
There were two great periods of Cecil's career, the beginning and the end. Gaining his trainers licence in 1969 he set to work on his path to become one of the greatest trainers of all time. He began in some fashion winning his first Group One race within a year, the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park. Throughout the 70's, 80's and the early 90's Sir Henry won the Champion Trainer award 10 times and had countless winners. Racing betting was made easy, all you had to do was back Sir Henry's horses.
It all started to unravel in the mid-nineties though with very few wins and lots of owners pulling their horses from Cecil's stable. He was divorced and re-married twice, his twin brother died of cancer in 2000 and he revealed in 2006 he was battling cancer himself.
The year 2007 marked Cecil's return to the top, starting with winning the Oak Stakes at Epsom but what really made Sir Henry a superstar trainer again was his training of the undefeated Frankel. Frankel won Cecil 14 races before it retired including the 2,000 Guineas twice, QEII Stakes and more.
Sir Henry Cecil died of cancer on 11 June 2013 at 70 in Cambridge.
Aidan O'Brien is one of the best-known trainers in UK and Ireland. Since 1995 O'Brien has been based at Ballydoyle, a notable facility in County Tipperary, Ireland. Due to Aidan's efforts at the stables it has become one of the best at producing winners, he has trained winners in almost every major flat racing event in the UK and Ireland and has also celebrated successes in France and the US. O'Brien is the current record holder for the most successful trainer at the Irish Derby with 8 wins, the Irish 2,000 Guineas with 6 wins and is tied as the best trainer at the Phoenix Stakes with 11 wins and the 5 wins he's accrued in the Irish Champion Stakes.
Born in North Yorkshire, Mark Johnston has quietly gone about becoming one of the most successful thoroughbred trainers in the UK with 24 major winners including the 1,000 Guineas, 2,000 Guineas and the Royal Ascot Gold Cup on three occasions. Johnston's horses are known for their front running style and bravery in a finish, two attributes that were best advertised by the exploits of Attraction.
Known by many for his goal scoring exploits for Southampton Football Club in his youth, Mick always had a soft spot for horses so when he retired from the beautiful game in 1986 he set about gaining his trainers licence. 19 Major/Group One wins later and Mick has mastered two sports.
Michael Stoute was born in Barbados but made his name in the British Horseracing scene. He has been named Champion Trainer 10 times in his career and has had countless winners including 5 winners at the 2,000 Guineas and 5 at the Epsom Derby. Stoute currently trains horses at Freemason Lodge Stables and at Beech Hurst Stables, both on the Bury Road in Newmarket.
One of Stoutes most famous horses, Shergar, was kidnapped in 1983 and held for ransom. The horse was never found but is presumed to have been killed by the captors, believed to have been the IRA.
Having been a trainer since 1991, Nicholls has won well over 2000 races and has been named Champion Trainer 10 times in the jumps but it wasn't always so rosy. Nicholls famously battled it out with Martin Pipe for much of his early career, being pipped at the post for several Champion Trainer awards so it was a massive surprise that on the day Nicholls won his first award, Pipe retired.He has dominated british and irish jumps racing ever since. Nicholls' finest hour came in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup where he saddled the first three horse's home: in finishing order, Denman (ridden by Sam Thomas), Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges.