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Assessing Ireland’s Greatest Jumps Racing Trainers

DUBLIN - Ireland - Irish jumps racing trainers are some of the best in the world. Here is a rundown of some of the greats.

Ireland has a rich tradition in jumps racing, producing some of the finest trainers in the sport. This success is not only evident on the racecourse but also in the horse race betting online, where Irish-trained horses are often favourites.

This article assesses the achievements and contributions of Ireland’s greatest jumps racing trainers, including Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott, Henry de Bromhead, Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris, Aidan O’Brien, and Jessica Harrington.

Willie Mullins

Mullins stands at the pinnacle of National Hunt racing. Known for his careful preparation and an eye for spotting talent, Mullins has dominated the Cheltenham Festival for years, becoming the first trainer to surpass 100 winners this year.

His yard, Closutton Stables, has produced numerous champions, including Faugheen, Vautour, and the exceptional Al Boum Photo, who secured back-to-back Gold Cup victories in 2019 and 2020.

Mullins’ ability to consistently field a strong team across all major festivals has earned him a legendary status in jumps racing.

Gordon Elliott

Elliott is another powerhouse in Irish jumps racing. His training career is highlighted by his success in the Grand National, with Tiger Roll winning the historic race in 2018 and 2019, the first horse to achieve this since Red Rum over 50 years ago.

Elliott’s knack for preparing horses for big occasions has seen him claim victories in major races, such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup and multiple Grade 1 events. His resilience and strategic training methods have solidified his reputation as one of the top trainers in the sport.

Henry de Bromhead

Henry de Bromhead has risen to prominence with remarkable achievements in recent years. Known for his expertise with chasers, De Bromhead’s stable has produced stars like Sizing Europe, Minella Indo, and A Plus Tard. Not to mention star hurdler Honeysuckle

His remarkable feat of winning the ‘Holy Trinity’ at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival — the Champion Hurdle, the Champion Chase, and the Gold Cup — showcases his exceptional training capabilities.

De Bromhead’s consistent success in major races highlights his skill in conditioning horses to peak at the right time.

Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris

Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris has long been a respected figure in jumps racing. Renowned for his patient and careful approach to training, Morris has achieved notable success with horses such as War of Attrition, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2006, and Rule The World, who triumphed in the Grand National in 2016.

His ability to prepare horses for the toughest challenges in jumps racing has made him a revered trainer in Ireland and beyond.

Aidan O’Brien

While Aidan O’Brien is best known for his achievements in flat racing, his impact on National Hunt racing in the 1990s cannot be overlooked.

O’Brien’s prowess as a dual-purpose trainer was epitomised by his training of Istabraq, one of the greatest hurdlers in racing history.

Istabraq won three consecutive Champion Hurdles from 1998 to 2000, cementing O’Brien’s reputation as a top National Hunt trainer. His early success in jumps racing laid the foundation for his stellar career on the flat.

Jessica Harrington

Jessica Harrington is a distinguished dual-purpose trainer with significant success in both National Hunt and flat racing.

Her jumps racing accomplishments include victories in the Gold Cup with Sizing John in 2017, two Champion Chases with Moscow Flyer, and a Champion Hurdle with Jezki.

Harrington’s versatility and ability to train winners across different racing codes underscore her exceptional talent and adaptability as a trainer.

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