Leading Trainers at the Cheltenham Festival

Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th March 2019

Willie Mullins was crowned The Irish Independent Leading Trainer at The Festival for a sixth time after an absence of two years, but it went to countback on placings before the result was confirmed.
 
This time it was Nicky Henderson, who last won the title in 2012, who gave him most to do, rather than Gordon Elliott, who took the title from Mullins in 2017 and won it again last year, and after both trainers ended on four winners it was Mullins' five seconds against Henderson's four that clinched it.
 
Mullins had not been optimistic at the start of the week, so he was delighted to be proved wrong.
 
He said: "It's a big surprise. Looking at Nicky's team at the start of the week I thought he was going to be hard to beat, so I'm delighted for the yard and delighted for all of our owners, who give us such support. It's a testament to everyone who backs me that I've won it again."
 
He added: "We got a great start, winning the first two races. We didn't think we had a great team of novices but we ended with three novice winners, plus the Gold Cup, which was unbelievable after so many near misses. I thought I'd never win the Gold Cup, so that was a major surprise and a nice one."
 
Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award - 
Final Standings
 
Jockey    1st      2nd       3rd
Nico de Boinville  3    1     1
Barry Geraghty  2    3     2
Paul Townend   2    2     -
Mark Walsh   2    1     1
Mr Jamie Codd  2    -     -
Rachael Blackmore  2    -     1
Harry Skelton   2    -     1
J J Slevin   1    2     -
Harry Cobden   1    1     -
Mr Alex Edwards  1    1     -
Ruby Walsh   1    -     2
Keith Donoghue  1    -     2
Bryony Frost   1    -     1
Aidan Coleman  1    -     -
Noel Fehily   1    -     -
Lizzie Kelly   1    -     -
Jeremiah McGrath  1    -     -
Mr Derek O'Connor  1    -     -
Jonjo O'Neill Jr  1    -     -
Kielan Woods   1    -     -
Daryl Jacob   -    2     2
Jack Kennedy   -    2     2
Richard Johnson  -    1     1
Davy Russell   -    1     1
Tom Bellamy   -    1     -
Paddy Brennan  -    1     -
Joe Colliver   -    1     -
Danny Cook   -    1     -
Charlie Deutsch  -    1     -
Mr David Maxwell  -    1     -
Donagh Meyler  -    1     -
Danny Mullins   -    1     -
Mr Patrick Mullins  -    1     -
Mr Barry O'Neill  -    1     -
Robbie Power   -    1     -
Henry Brooke   -    -     1
Conor Brassil   -    -     1
Sean Flanagan  -    -     1
Felix de Giles   -    -     1
Mr Declan Lavery  -    -     1
David Mullins   -    -     1
Gavin Sheehan  -    -     1
Sam Twiston-Davies  -    -     1
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen -    -     1
Adam Wedge   -    -     1
Miss Tabitha Worsley  -    -     1

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