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Leading Trainers at the festival
Thu, Feb 13th, 2020

For the second year in a row, only one winner separates Willie Mullins and NickyHenderson at the head of the standings for most successful all-time trainer at The Festival™ presented by Magners.
The duo each saddled four winners at the four-day extravaganza 12 months ago, with Mullins claiming The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award thanks to his four second places. Mullins continues to hold a
narrow advantage in the all-time standings, having overtaken his great rival when notching seven victories in 2018.


Paul Nicholls is third on the all-time list with 45 wins, including two at The Festival in 2019, while Gordon Elliott has already notched 25 successes at the meeting, despite only gaining his first win with Chicago Grey
in the 2011 National Hunt Chase.


LEADING TRAINERS AT THE FESTIVAL


Wins Trainer

65 Willie Mullins IRE (1995-present)
64 Nicky Henderson (1985-present)
45 Paul Nicholls (1999-present)
40 Fulke Walwyn (1946-86)
34 Martin Pipe (1981-2006)
28 Fred Winter (1970-1988)
27 Fred Rimell (1948-1981)
26 Tom Dreaper IRE (1946-1971)
26 Jonjo O'Neill (1991-present)
25 Gordon Elliott IRE (2011-present)
23 Vincent O'Brien IRE (1948-1959)
23 Bob Turnell (1956-1980)
22 Ivor Anthony (1930-1952)
20 Philip Hobbs (1990-present)
19 George Beeby (1930-1959)
18 Edward O'Grady IRE (1974-present)
17 David Nicholson (1986-1999)
17 Nigel Twiston-Davies (1992-present)
15 Harry Brown (1920-1938)
15 Tom Coulthwaite (1911-1936)
15 Alan King (2004-present)
15 David Pipe (2007-present)
15 Tom Rimell (1927-1949)
14 Dan Moore IRE (1953-1979)
13 Jack Anthony (1929-1950)
13 Peter Easterby (1967-1986)
13 Tim Forster (1963-1998)
12 John Edwards (1969-1994)
12 Tom Jones (1965-1978)

MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT TRAINERS AT THE FESTIVAL


Wins Trainer


65 Willie Mullins IRE
64 Nicky Henderson
45 Paul Nicholls
26 Jonjo O'Neill
25 Gordon Elliott IRE
20 Philip Hobbs
18 Edward O'Grady IRE
17 Nigel Twiston-Davies
15 Alan King
15 David Pipe
11 Jessica Harrington IRE
9 David Elsworth
8 Enda Bolger IRE
8 Arthur Moore IRE
7 Henry de Bromhead IRE
7 Mouse Morris IRE
7 Colin Tizzard
6 Tony Martin IRE
6 Donald McCain
6 Aidan O'Brien IRE
6 Oliver Sherwood
6 Venetia Williams
5 Noel Meade IRE

WINNERS OF THE IRISH INDEPENDENT LEADING TRAINER AWARD


2019 Willie Mullins IRE (4)
2018 Gordon Elliott IRE (8)
2017 Gordon Elliott IRE (6)
2016 Willie Mullins IRE (7)
2015 Willie Mullins IRE (8)
2014 Willie Mullins IRE (4)
2013 Willie Mullins IRE (5)
2012 Nicky Henderson (7)
2011 Willie Mullins IRE (4)
2010 Nicky Henderson (3)
2009 Paul Nicholls (5)
2008 Paul Nicholls (3)
2007 Paul Nicholls (4)
2006 Paul Nicholls (3)
2005 Howard Johnson (3)
2004 Paul Nicholls (4)
2003 Jonjo O'Neill (3)
2002 Martin Pipe (3)
2001 Cancelled
2000 Nicky Henderson (4)
1999 Paul Nicholls (3)
1998 Martin Pipe (4)
1997 Martin Pipe (4)
1996 Ferdy Murphy, Edward O'Grady IRE, Martin Pipe (2)
1995 David Nicholson (3)
1994 David Nicholson, Edward O'Grady IRE (2)
1993 Nicky Henderson, Martin Pipe, Nigel Twiston-Davies (2)
1992 Nicky Henderson, David Nicholson, Simon Sherwood (2)
1991 Martin Pipe (3)
1990 Nicky Henderson (2)
1989 Toby Balding, John Edwards, David Elsworth, Josh Gifford, Martin Pipe (2)
1988 Josh Gifford (3)
1987 Toby Balding, Nicky Henderson, Fred Winter (2)
1986 Nicky Henderson (3)
1985 Nicky Henderson (3)
1984 Michael Dickinson (3)
1983 Michael Dickinson (3)
1982 Michael Dickinson (3)
1981 Peter Easterby (3)
1980 John Edwards, Edward O'Grady IRE, Bob Turnell, Fred Winter (2)

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