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Philip Hobbs

Philip Hobbs, born in 1955, is the son of Tony Hobbs who had a permit to train for many years, breeding several good horses to run in the family colours. Unlike many trainers who went into the industry at a very young age, Hobbs opted to…

Balthazar King

In 2013 Balthazar King was one of three serious contenders for trainer Philip Hobbs and more importantly was the one most likely to give him the illusive Grand National win having had his best result back in 2002 with What’s Up Boys when…

Richard Johnson

It used to be that AP McCoy was the greatest jockey to have never won the Aintree Grand National. But he put paid to that title in 2010 when he won on Don't Push It after 15 attempts. These days the honour goes to Richard Johnson, a fantastic…

Planet Of Sound

In late November of 2011, Planet Of Sound finished a hard-fought second to Carruthers in the Hennessy Gold Cup Chase at Newbury. After the race, trainer Philip Hobbs said that the gelding might come right back to race at Cheltenham in December.…