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Top horse racing trainers in the U.K.

Trainers wield a significant influence in the horse racing industry, and their reputation is factored by bookmakers when handicapping a meeting.
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Trainers wield a significant influence in the horse racing industry, and their reputation is factored by bookmakers when handicapping a meeting. Some trainers exact maximum effort from their charges. Here are the best horse racing trainers in Britain.

Aidan O'Brien is Ireland's most successful trainer and is considered one of the best in the world. He hones his craft for Coolmore which has grown in esteem to be the best stud farm in Europe. O’Brien has trained champions like Johannesburg, Dylan Thomas, and George Washington.

Sir Henry Cecil is one of England's best trainers and has been crowned champion trainer nearly a dozen times. He has brought up some of the best horses of all-time including Reference Point and Oh So Sharp.

Luca Cumani has trained multiple Group 1 winning racehorses throughout Europe in a career that spans four decades. He has trained at Bedford House Stables in Newmarket, and has brought up seven Classic race winners, two Epsom Derby winners in Kahyasi (1988) and High-Rise (1998), as well as a Breeders' Cup Mile winner in Barathea (1994).

John Gosden hails from a horse racing family and has won major horse races in America and throughout Europe. Having trained over 2,000 winners since his return to England in 1989, including winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Derby, the King George, the 1,000 Guineas and the St. Leger, he is generally considered one of the most successful racehorse trainers of his generation. Gosden trains at Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket, England.

Andre Fabre is arguably the greatest living trainer in France. He has been the champion trainer in France for nineteen straight years and is one of the most successful trainers in the world. Among the many champions Fabre has trained are Trempolino, Peintre Celebre, Hurricane Run, and Manduro.

Sir Michael Stoute is one of the greatest living trainers in the UK with an impressive nine championship titles to his credit. His first win as a trainer came in 1972 when Sandal, and has since won victories in the Dubai World Cup, the Breeders Cup, the Japan Cup and the Hong Kong Vase.

Richard Hannon has trained more than 100 winning horses over 11 racing seasons. Hannon is recognized as a specialist in training two-year-olds, and he was honoured as champion trainer in 1992, 2010, and 2011. Three of the horses he trained—Mon Fils, Don't Forget Me and Tirol—won the 2,000 Guineas horse race in 1973, 1987 and 1990, respectively.

Saeed bin Suroor is one of the main trainers for the Godolphin horse racing empire. His multiple big race wins stretch from the Breeders' Cup to The Arc.

Mark Johnston, owner of Kingsley House in Middleham, North Yorkshire, currently trains more than 140 horses. In 2004, Johnston won the 1,000 Guineas with Attraction. Other successful horses he has trained are Mister Baileys, Shamardal, and Double Trigger.

Christophe Clement is considered of one today’s outstanding trainers. His career includes over 140 graded stakes winners. He previously served as assistant to Luca Cumani in Newmarket.

David Simcock is a current trainer who spent a portion of his formative years as assistant trainer to Luca Cumani. Simcock is responsible for training the colt Dream Ahead who is considered one of the finest racehorses in the world.

Paul Nicholls is National Hunt horse trainer with stables at Ditcheat, Somerset. He finished the 2007-2008 season with 155 winners and a record £4 million in prize money. He has trained over 2000 winners, won the 2012 Grand National, four Cheltenham Gold Cups and has been crowned British jump racing Champion Trainer seven times.

Jeremy Noseda is a British racehorse trainer who spent six years working for John Dunlop, and five years as assistant to John Gosden. He joined Godolphin operation 1993, and played a significant role in training such horses as Lammtarra, Halling and Balanchine. Noseda won the Breeder’s Cup in 2004.

Roger J. Charlton trains horses in Beckhampton Stables in Wiltshire, England. He won the Epsom Derby and the Prix du Jockey Club in 1990.

Ed Dunlop runs Gainsborough Stables. The stable has sent entrants to races as far as Istanbul, Dubai, Milan, Ireland and the United States. In 2003, the stable had 50 winners which raised Dunlop’s profile as one of the best horse racing trainers in the world. Dunlop is responsible for training the world famous runner Ouija Board.

Mahmood Al Zarooni was appointed a Godolphin trainer in 2010 and has since won accolades in meetings around the world. Zarooni has helped Godolphin register dozens of Group 1 wins over the years. Since 2003, the stable has won 89 Group/Grade 1 races around the globe.

Marco Botti started training in Newmarket in 2006 and has quickly become one of the most promising trainers in the world. He has brought up stakes winners such Sesmen, Raymi Coya, Re Barolo, Ceremonial Jade, Soneva, Electric Feel and Fanunalter. Botti is supported by a growing band of owners from England, Italy, Germany, Turkey, America, Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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