Top Punchestown Trainers

6 Mar 2002: Horse trainer Jonjo O''Neill with Cheltenham Gold Cup hopefull Legal Right at Jackdaws Castle, Cheltenham. Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
At National Hunt races, top trainers mean top jockeys and top horses. Trainers with winning streaks at Cheltenham, Aintree, the Irish Grand National and previous Punchestown Festivals are the ones to back when you place your bets for Punchestown.

Top Punchestown trainers for 2007 included:

  • Willie Mullins
  • Paul Nicholls
  • Ferdy Murphy
  • Jonjo O’Neill
  • Nicky Henderson

For the 2008 Punchestown Festival, everyone will be waiting to see if these trainers can pull off further Grade 1 victories.

Willie Mullins took the place as the top Punchestown trainer for the 2007 festival, winning a €5,000 prize from Conway Keane Auctioneers. He trained a double on the Festival Friday, taking the betfair.com Novice Handicap Chase with Alexander Taipan and the Grade 1 Land Rover Champion Novice Hurdle with Glencove Marina. Both horses were ridden by the Punchestown Festival top jockey, Ruby Walsh.

UK-based Paul Nicholls trained the 2007 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup winner, Neptune Collonges, who rode to victory again with top jockey Ruby Walsh in the saddle. Nicholls took the prize as leading overseas trainer for the festival.

Ferdy Murphy’s horse Another Promise won the Grade 1 Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase, for a winner’s prize of €68,200.

Jonjo O’Neill’s Refinement took the Grade 1 Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa Stayers’ Hurdle, jockeyed by A.P. McCoy, for a winner’s prize of €124,001. With a string of wins at all major National Hunt Festivals, Jonjo O’Neill is one of the top Punchestown trainers to watch.

Nicky Henderson trained Punjabi, winner of the Grade 1 Ballymore Properties Four-Year-Old Hurdle. Punjabi was ridden by M.A. Fitzgerald.

Top 5 National Hunt Trainers

As well as watching for the 2007 Punchestown Festival top trainers, place your bets on any of the current top-ranked National Hunt trainers.

Top Trainers

Runs

Wins

Win Money

Place Money

Total

Mrs J. Harrington

171

25

275,640

72,573

348,213

Noel Meade

130

23

246,170

129,043

375,213

A.J. Martin

110

22

231,955

52,500

284,455

Joseph Crowley

106

19

167,575

60,508

228,083

Paul Nolan

163

18

146,875

49,800

196,675

Top National Hunt owners to watch out for include John P. McManus, Gigginstown House Stud, Hurl ‘n Ball Syndicate, John J Brennan and I Madden.

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