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Grand National Meeting : Leading Trainers
Thu, Mar 21st, 2013

The race for the 2011-12 UK Jump Trainers title between Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson was effectively decided at the 2012 Grand National meeting. The two had a ding dong battle winning 10 races between them. Henderson landed the prize for top trainer at the meeting  but Nicholls victory in the Grand National proved decisive in securing the bigger prize. We have been tracking the 2012-13 race for the trainers title on our forum.

Nicholls was previously the leading trainer at the Aintree Festival in 2011 and 2008. Henderson won it for the first time in over a decade last term and did have three winners at the 2008, 2010 and 2011 meetings. Jonjo O'Neill does well at this meeting he has been top trainer at Aintree four times since 2002.

Peter Bowen is an unlikely winner of the leading trainer award at the meeting but his presence in the top four trainers twice in the last six years ( from a low number of overall runners) highlights the case for keeping on the right side of his runners.

 

Here are the top trainers at the Grand National meeting since 2002:

 

 Year

 Trainer

1st

2nds

3rds

2012 

 Nicky Henderson

6

 4 

 1 

 

 Paul Nicholls

4

2

 6

 

 Alan King

 2 

 1

 

 Malcolm Jefferson

 2 

 - 

 -

2011 

 Paul Nicholls

3

2

2

 Nicky Henderson

3

1

-

 Gordon Elliott

2

-

-

 Howard Johnson

2

-

-

2010

 Jonjo O’Neill

3

1

1

 Paul Nicholls

3

-

5

 Nicky Henderson

3

-

1

 Peter Bowen

2

1

-

2009

 Alan King

3

1

-

 Jonjo O’Neill

2

1

1

 Paul Nicholls

1

3

1

 John Kiely

1

1

-

 David Pipe

1

1

-

 Venetia Williams

1

1

-

2008

 Paul Nicholls

5

4

1

 Nicky Henderson

3

-

-

 David Pipe

2

2

1

 Alan King

2

1

2

2007

 Jonjo O’Neill

3

3

1

 John Quinn

2

-

-

 Paul Nicholls

1

2

1

 Peter Bowen

1

2

-

2006

 Philip Hobbs

2

2

1

 Paul Nicholls

2

-

4

 Jonjo O’Neill

2

-

1

 Alan King

1

5

1

2005

 Nicky Richards

3

-

-

 Paul Nicholls

1

2

2

 Howard Johnson

1

2

1

 Alan King

1

2

1

2004

 Martin Pipe

2

1

3

 Jonjo O’Neill

2

2

-

 Paul Nicholls

1

3

3

 Nicky Henderson

1

1

1

 Sue Smith

1

-

2

2003

 Jonjo O’Neill

4

2

-

 Martin Pipe

2

4

4

 Paul Nicholls

2

1

2

 Henrietta Knight

1

-

1

 Venetia Williams

1

-

1

2002

 Jonjo O’Neill

4

1

-

 Martin Pipe

3

6

3

 Willie Mullins

2

-

1

 Paul Nicholls

2

-

1

 Philip Hobbs

1

2

-

 

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