Top UK Jockeys and Horse Racing Trainers to Bet On

Having attended the races for a number of years, it's certainly true that punters have their favourite jockeys and favourite trainers to bet on. You have the classic jockey-trainer pairings in horse racing such as Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls which is one of our favourites. This article looks at the top jockeys and trainers for both flat racing and jump racing over the past five years, and considers whether their past records are key factors to consider when having a bet on horse racing.

Flat Racing & Jump Racing

Before we look at the jockeys and trainers, it's important to note the difference between flat racing and jump racing as there are specialist jockeys and specialist trainers for each.

Flat racing takes place in the summer months and accounts for around sixty percent of UK racing. Here we see younger horses who reach their peak at around the age of four or five. Jump racing (also known as national hunt racing) takes place in colder months and accounts for the remaining forty percent of UK racing. It's split into three main categories; national hunt flat races, hurdling and steeplechasing. Here we see horses start to race around the age of three to four, and often race until the age of twelve.

Flat Jockeys

Kieron Fallon - One of the best flat racers around has won 14% of his races in the past five years. He doesn't seem to perform as well on two year olds with this number dropping to 11%. He has been voted British Champion Jockey six times, and really is thought of highly. He's had a number of major wins in his career is a two time winner of the Ascot Gold Cup.

Frankie Dettori - One of the most famous jockeys of all time, especially after the day in which he rode all seven winners at Ascot! He has a similar record to Fallon at 14% of race wins in the last five years. However, he seems to perform best on two year olds and his win percentage jumps up to 19% on the younger horses.

Richard Hughes - Whilst he's definitely had the most runners over the last five years, he also has the best win record at 19%. He performs best on the younger horses with a win rate of 26% on two year olds, and this drops way down to 14% on horses aged four years and over. After a long wait Hughes finally won a British Classic in 2013 with his victory in the 1,000 Guineas.

Flat Trainers

Aidan O'Brien - The Irishman is one of the best trainers of recent times. He has a win rate of 17% over the last five years, and this jumps up to 20% on the older horses of four years and over. He has been very successful over recent years with winners in three Epsom Derby's and the Ascot Gold Cup to his name.

Sir Michael Stoute - Has a win record over the last five years of 18%, which seems to drop slightly on the younger two year old horses to 16%. He's had a very successful career and is the only trainer to win an English Classic five years in a row. He was the trainer of Shergar which is probably his most famous horse; it won the Epsom Derby before being stolen.

Jump Jockeys

AP McCoy - Undoubtedly the greatest jockey of his generation, having been Champion Jockey every year since he turned professional, along with recently passing the 4,000 winners mark. His win percentage of 25% over the last 5 years is incredible. He seems to fare slightly better in hurdling, where his win rate goes up to 27%. His biggest race wins have seen him win the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice, and he finally won the Grand National in 2010 on Don't Push It.

Ruby Walsh - Certainly one of the most decorated and respected jockeys on the circuit; Ruby Walsh also has a fantastic win record of 25% over the past five years. However this jumps up to a 30% win rate over the hurdles! Moving from a one in four win rate to almost one in three is a big difference in a sport of such fine margins! He really seems to perform well at Cheltenham Festival and has been the leading jockey at the meet in six of the last seven years. Perhaps most surprising of all is the fact he managed to win the Grand National at his first attempt in 2000 finishing first on Papillon.

Richard Johnson - Doesn't reach the dizzy heights of McCoy or Walsh, but Richard Johnson is still a class act nonetheless. He has a win rate over the last five years of 18%, and this doesn't change across any of the formats. He's one of few jockeys with over 2,000 race wins in his career, with perhaps the biggest being his win Cheltenham Gold Cup victory in 2000 on Looks Like Trouble.

Jump Trainers

Paul Nicholls - Probably the leading national hunt trainer of his generation, Nicholls has trained over 2,000 winners. He has four victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and also trained Neptune Collange to win the Grand National in 2012. It will be a long time until there's another national hunt trainer that's able to match his record.

Jonjo O'Neill - He is another very impressive trainer who was actually also a very good jockey. His most famous victory as a trainer is definitely his Grand National win with Don't Push It alongside Tony McCoy. He also trained Synchronised to victory in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

How to Use These Stats

So we've done the analysis; now how do you use the statistics? We certainly feel it can add insight at some points. For example Ruby Walsh has many more winners over hurdles versus other race formats, and this should be factored into consideration when having a bet on horse racing. However the majority of the differences are very minimal and you should also consider a number of other factors such as going, form, pedigree and so forth. For further indicators check out The Best Indicators for Building a Horse Racing Betting System.

If you'd like to have a bet on these jockeys or these trainers, why not open an account with betting exchange Betfair? If you hold horse racing betting accounts, you should definitely have an account with a betting exchange like Betfair as they offer advantages when betting on horses versus betting with more traditional bookmakers. You always get better odds on betting exchanges especially when betting on outsiders. So if you don't have an account with a betting exchange we recommend you get over to Betfair.

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