This category contains information on Grand National trainers past and present.

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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…
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Sue Smith

On April 6th 2013, race horse trainer Sue Smith, became only the third female in history to train the winner of the Grand National when 66-1 outsider Auroras Encore claimed the Aintree spectacular, with National debut jockey Ryan Mania on board. A…
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Ginger McCain

Donald McCain, more frequently referred to as ‘Ginger’ is a name that goes hand in hand with the Grand National. Ginger was the trainer of the legendary Red Rum, the most famous and greatest horse to have ever lived. Red Rum won the Grand…

Dessie Hughes

Dessie Hughes was one of Ireland’s most established and skilled trainers who had success with many different horses, with Hardy Eustace being one of the most notable. Like a lot of other trainers, he started out as a jockey and won the 1977…

Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins commenced training in 1988 having worked as assistant to both his father, Paddy, and to Jim Bolger. He still rates his father as the biggest influence on his career. Based out of Closutton, Kilkenny, Ireland, his stable yard is…
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Donald McCain

It’s always going to be difficult when you decide to follow in your father’s footsteps, but it’s got to be a thousand times harder when your father is none other than the legendary Ginger McCain, trainer of the most famous horse in the…
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Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls, born in 1962, grew up in the village of Olveston near Bristol. From hunting and pony racing he went into full-time employment with horses at the age of 16 when he went to work at Dick Baimbridge's yard and started riding in local…

Nigel Twiston-Davies

Nigel Twiston-Davies was born in May 1957 and rode as an amateur for six years for trainers which included Fred Winter, Kim Bailey, Richard Head and Fred Rimell. In 1981 he moved to the Cotswolds to begin his training, and in 1982 had his first…

Rebecca Curtis

National Hunt Racing is a difficult business at the best of times and without putting too fine a point on it, even more so for the women in the industry. Successful women in horse racing can almost be counted on one hand - Jenny Pitman, Henrietta…