Top Trainers

The 1000 Guineas traditionally is won by trainers who are associated with the higher echelons of horse racing, although this tradition was broken in the 2006 race, when relatively unknown trainer, Pam Sly trained Speciosa to win. We profile three of the top trainers who will have runners in the race this year and who have had some success in it before.

Sir Henry Cecil

One of the greatest trainers of all time, Cecil has won no fewer than 24 Classics, including six past winners of the 1000 Guineas. He was without doubt the finest trainer around in the 80s and 90s, but after his relationship with Sheik Mohammed broke down in 1995, he lost most of his top horses. These days his operation is much smaller but he has been making excellent inroads back into the big time. This was underlined in 2007 when Light Shift won the Epsom Oaks.

John Gosden

John Gosden is one of the most respected trainers in racing today, and he has the race favourite in the 1000 Guineas odds, Rainbow View representing him this year. He has won the race before when Lahan won in 2000, see 1000 guineas past winners. Gosden has also trained Benny The Dip winner of the Epsom Derby in 1997 and he has trained two winners of the St Leger, Shantou in 1996 and Lucarno with Jimmy Fortune on board in 2007.

His star horse last year, Ravens Pass, won the Group One, QE2 Stakes and then went on to win the $5m Breeders Cup Classic in fantastic style. Gosden will have high hopes to win this again this year and few at this stage will doubt the ability of Rainbow View to do so.

Sir Michael Stoute

One of the best known trainers in racing today, Sir Michael Stoute, surprisingly has only won the 1000 Guineas twice and that was in 2003, when Russian Rhythm won under top jockey, Kieran Fallon and in 1989 when Musical Bliss won. He has a further 11 Classic victories under his belt, including four winners of the Epsom Derby. Although in terms of Group One races, he never had his best season last year, however he did win the St Leger for the first time on Conduit and the same horse went on to win the Breeders Cup Turf in the USA in November.

 


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