Trainers & Jockeys Turf 2022

Jockeys:

Oisin Murphy was crowned Champion Jockey for the third consecutive season in 2021 but sadly his off-track behaviour got as many, if not more, column inches than his jockeyship did! He of course started the calendar year of 2021 suspended from racing due to a failed drug test and was stood down by officials at the first day of the Dubai Future Champions meeting in October after testing above the allowed riding limit for alcohol – reports on a drunken altercation in a Newmarket pub the evening before were all over the papers a few days later and then came the story of Covid-19 travel protocols being broken. He is a talent in the saddle and hopefully will get the help he clearly needs if he is to stay at the top of his trade. In December he surrendered his licence temporarily; all being well we will see him back in the saddle at some point soon. 

Update 22nd February 2022: Following a hearing involving jockey Oisin Murphy in front of an independent Disciplinary Panel, the British Horseracing Authority announced in a statement he is ineligible to apply for a jockey’s licence until 16 February 2023.

His main employer Qatar Racing released a short statement: “Qatar Racing respects the findings of the BHA independent judicial panel. This period will provide Oisin with further time to continue his rehabilitation which Qatar Racing fully supports. We, and the whole sport, look forward to him returning to the racecourse. In the meantime Oisin will remain on the Qatar Racing team and Cieren Fallon will take over and ride as Qatar Racing’s first jockey until Oisin returns.”

It was a cracking finale to the Jockeys Championship in 2021 with William Buick chasing Oisin Murphy right to the line and Champions Day at Ascot; they finished on 151 and 153 winners respectively. With his rival side-lined and the firepower he has at his disposal from the yard of main employer Charlie Appleby and the numerous other associations he now has Buick may never have a better chance of going for the Championship than in 2022. He has been riding well out in Dubai at the Carnival and when he returns to these shores, if he chooses to go for it, I think he can with the Title. Tom Marquand was third on the Flat Jockeys Championship table with 117 winners to his name cementing his position as one of the best in the game. He had a decent winter out in Hong King at the Longines International Jockeys' Championship, finishing joint-runner-up with his better half Hollie Doyle. He has been busy on the All-Weather over the winter and with a number of the big stables using his services these days you can expect to see plenty of the twenty-four-year-old this summer. Having mentioned her already Hollie Doyle is the obvious next jockey to talk about. Another great season in 2021 saw her finish fifth in the Championship with 87 winners and a total for the year of 172 smashing the record of 151 for a female jockey she had set in 2020. Already banging in the winners on the All-Weather it wouldn’t surprise me if she managed a top-three finish in the Jockey Championship this coming season. David Probert is hardly a newcomer, actually in 2008 he was joint Champion Apprentice in the UK with William Buick. He hasn’t perhaps had the rides he deserves in recent years but is getting on more good ones now, especially with his continued association with Andrew Balding, and he finished the 2021 campaign fourth in the table with 93 winners. The Welshman still awaits his first Group One victory and few in the weighing room deserve one more. I am a fan of James Doyle and he will be doing his thing again in the coming months when he returns from his winter quarters in Dubai. He must be desperate to win one of the Classics for all his success around the world. I have wondered before if he might go for the Championship but it seems unlikely.  Silvestre De Sousa, the title winner in 2015, 2017 and 2018, will not be retained rider to owners King Power Racing this season after his contract was not renewed following its third year so the Brazilian jockey will be freelance this season. I have talked about Ben Curtis before and he had another solid season riding 123 winners from 815 rides in 2021, 78 in the Championship. At the end of the Turf season he underwent operations on his shoulder and feet but is reportedly doing well and said in an interview in December "Hopefully, I could make it back before the start of the turf season, but we’ll play it by ear.” Kieran Shoemark is one I tipped for a big future in the past and he hasn’t perhaps reached the heights expected – he has had his highs and lows as they say. Charlie Hills and Archie Watson gave him the leg-up quite a bit last season and with two trainers of their quality backing him the twenty-four-year-old should boot home his share of winners again in 2022. Another tipped for the top in the past Champion Apprentice for 2018 Jason Watson had a tough season in many ways with 32 winners in the Championship from just 314 rides splitting from trainer Roger Charlton who he had been riding for. He of course already has a couple of Group One victories to his name at just twenty-one and he reminded everyone just how good he is when riding Lord Glitters for trainer David O’Meara to win the Bahrain International Trophy. I expect to see him riding much more for O’Meara this season and a few other big names. He has been rising well on the All-Weather over the winter and I expect to see him in the Winners Enclosure a lot more in the coming months. Cieren Fallon is set to ride a few nice ones as the No.1 for Qatar Racing for the season with Oisin Murphy on the sidelines. He rode a total of 83 winners in 2021 and will surely be looking to hit treble figures in 2022. Whilst talking of some of the younger brigade Marco Ghiani was Champion Apprentice in 2021 following a wonderful season for the 22-year-old Italian in which he rode out his claim and partnered his first Royal Ascot winner. He as full of praise for his boss Stuart Williams "I owe Stuart Williams everything. He raised me up and gave me my first winner and lots more since. When I had my fall from Papa Stour at Lingfield in the summer he told me to keep my chin up and keep smiling, which I like to do anyway." Looking ahead the jockey said: "My aim is to ride as many winners as I can and for as many big trainers as I can in 2022 and beyond." He may well ne worth watching out for. It seems harsh to refer to Robert ‘Rab’ Havlin as No.2 jockey at the Gosden yard as he is an integral part of the set-up at Clarehaven Stables. He has introduced a good one or two to racetracks down the years as the man entrusted with the Gosden two-year-olds on debut. He won’t win the title and a Group One victory still alludes him but he has ridden over 1,000 winners and when he is on one of those Gosden debutants, especially come autumn time or a late maturing type, you should take note! Two of the elder statesmen in the weighing room but still two of the biggest names in the game are Dettori and Moore. Frankie Dettori remains the man for the big occasion and you can expect more of the same this year with the excitable little Italian showing-up and stealing the show at the big meetings. Last season he had just 166 rides in the Championship but rode 32 winners at a strike-rate of 19% with just shy of £3 million in total prize-money collected from those rides - more prize-money than Marquand, Probert or Doyle achieved finishing third, fourth and fifth in the table! When the big prizes are up for grabs he is still the go to man for many and Love him or hate him he’s good for the game. You cannot leave out Ryan Moore when doing a list of Jockeys and he will no doubt be doing what he does in the coming months – riding winners in big races for big stables across the Globe. Considered by many the best of the best you are more likely to see him at Sha Tin than Salisbury these days but on the rare occasion he gets the leg-up on one you wouldn’t expect at a smaller meeting it is always worth a second look. Lastly a mention for a jockey you may not be that aware of. Joanna Mason, granddaughter of Mick Easterby, turned pro last season having ridden as an amateur for a number of years and raked up 44 winners in 2020 making her the third most successful female jockey behind Hollie Doyle and Hayley Turner. She obviously has the pedigree and it appears no small amount of natural talent and she will get a number of opportunities, especially up north, for Mick & David Easterby Racing. Keep an eye on her.  

Trainers:

Charlie Appleby finished as Champion Trainer in 2021 having had a stellar campaign and looks set for a great 2022 as well. The Trainer’s Championship officially runs from 1st January - 31st December but Appleby was so clear of his rivals and nearest challengers Andrew Balding and John and Thady Gosden last season that they conceded the title in the first week of December. Appleby was crowned Britain’s Champion Flat trainer for the first time saddling 118 domestic winners in 2021 earning just shy of £4 million in prize-money. He achieved top-level international success in Canada, France, Ireland and America with a Breeders’ Cup treble at Del Mar. In all he had a remarkable 17 Group/Grade One victories through the year, 43 victories at Group/Graded level in total, worldwide. He has an embarrassment of riches at Moulton Paddocks, not least my 2000 Guineas ante-post bet Native Trail as well as Hurricane Lane in the older division, and will surely be picking up a number of the major prizes again this season. Father and son partnership John Gosden and Thady Gosden have once again got some good ones to work with at Clarehaven Stables though perhaps not the super stars they have had in the past. Inspiral is an exciting filly they have for the Classics come spring and they have been fairly busy on the All-Weather already with the Winter Derby a potential target for a few in the yard. Aidan O’Brien has a host of classic contenders yet again and you know that plenty of midnight oil will have been burnt down at Ballydoyle, Co. Tipperary mapping out three-year-old campaigns. last season the yard had just 11 winners here in the UK but picked-up £3.3 million in prize-money! I’ve said it before and I'll say it again always note his runners at Chester where the yard has an outstanding strike-rate. The Classics will naturally be aimed at and with the likes of Luxembourg towards the head of the 2000 Guineas and Derby markets with the nice looking filly, winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes, Tenebrism second favourite for the 1000 Guineas it will surprise no-one if the yard win at least one of them. With restrictions lifting and, hopefully, travel being much easier over the coming months you can expect to see more of Mr O’Brien and 'the lads' from Ballydoyle on our shores over the course of the season. Archie Watson is a trainer I have talked of a bit over the last two or three years and he had another good year with 83 wins in 2021. Off and running early in 2022 on the All-Weather he already has 11 wins on the board as I write. He has particularly good strike-rates at Scottish tracks such as Ayr, Hamilton and Musselburgh so whenever he sends one north of the border from his base at Saxon Gate in Upper Lambourn in the south-west take note. Andrew Balding is a trainer I have taken more and more notice of in recent years and he notched 151 wins in 2021. Another who hasn’t been messing about over the winter he has 11 wins on the board in mid-February and three entered for the Lincoln so appears to be looking to hit the ground running. He certainly looks to have some nice ones to work with in the coming months down at Kingsclere, with a number owned by King Power Racing likely to be campaigned at Pattern level in 2022. Fivethousandtoone is one he trains that I talked of last season and he apparently is tearing up the gallops at home whilst Harrow may be going to Saudi Derby in early 2022. Saeed bin Suroor had a total of 62 wins in 2021 here in the UK, a marked improvement on 2020 for the yard. With Real World already proving his well-being out at the Dubai Carnival along with a number of others from his home base of Al Quoz Stables in Dubai, where he trains from November to April, I think he will also be sending out quite a few winners from Godolphin Stables in Newmarket when he returns to these shores for our Turf season. Charlie Hills doesn’t appear to have a real star for the coming season down at Wetherdown House. He has had a few out early on the All-Weather and has a strike-rate of 38.10% as I write in February suggesting those he does have as fit and well if nothing else. I’ve said the following before and it is worth saying again William Haggas is consistently towards the top of the table, 173 wins in 2021 at a strike-rate of 24.64%, and has a pretty decent looking team at Somerville Lodge yet again with Alenquer likely to be the flagbearer in the coming months. He is unlikely to be Champion Trainer but the Old Harrovian knows a trick or two and will be amongst the top Trainers again in 2022. Mark Johnston continued to do what he does, sending out winner after winner, ‘Always Trying’ is the yard motto and you certainly couldn’t accuse the Scotsman of being lazy! The Master of Kingsley Park in Middleham North Yorkshire has been as active on the All-Weather already will be aiming for 200+ winners again in 2022 no doubt. You can’t follow the yard blindly with the shear number of runners they have but any they send across the Irish Sea to Ireland are worth a look as he doesn’t send them just for a day out! It must be something in the Yorkshire air as about an hour away by car in Musley Bank Richard Fahey is another who loves a runner, and a winner. He had 130 wins from 1,262 runs in 2021, Another you can follow blindly but you have to keep an eye on him as when the yard hits form, they can notch up a bucket load of winners quickly. Traditionally he is a good trainer to watch in the Spring. Down in Marlborough, Wiltshire Richard Hannon is another who aint afraid of having a runner, last year he had 143 wins from 1243 runs. He doesn’t quite have the quality the likes of Appleby and O’Brien do but he remains a shrewd operator who will win his fair share again in 2022. He doesn’t send many up to Scotland and when he does, they are worth a look in the market. Sir Michael Stoute doesn’t perhaps have the horses to go to work with that he once did but he’s ability to improve them as they get older is well known and Bay Bridge is a four-year-old to keep an eye on this season. Late additions to the Trainers editorial for 2021 were Darryll Holland and Kieren Fallon after Holland had purchased Harraton Court stables. It wasn’t a bad start for the fledgling operation with a ten per cent strike-rate their best performer being handicapper Lilkian, who contributed 3 victories to the tally of 11 For 2021. Fallon has since left the set-up because of commitments with his main employer Godolphin. Fallon’s main job is riding out for Charlie Appleby and that role has increased somewhat lately including working at the Breeders' Cup last season and now his first winter spell at the trainer’s Marmoom Stables in Dubai for the Carnival. Holland has had a handful of runners on the All-Weather early in 2022 and it will be interesting to see how the stables fairs over the coming months. The trainer-owner partnership of Tom Dascombe and Michael Owen at Manor House Stables has split with the pair going their separate ways in 2022. Owen, who joint-owns the stables with Betfair founder Andrew Black, said in a Twitter statement in December "After more than 12 years as trainer, Tom Dascombe will be leaving Manor House Stables in the new year. We have shared many great times and races together and created memories that will last a lifetime........Colin Gorman and the rest of the MHS team will naturally oversee things once Tom departs and it will be very much business as usual until we appoint Tom's replacement." It reportedly came as a bit of a shock to the trainer and he said at the time "There's one thing for sure, I will be training racehorses next year, but I just don't know where. I haven't had enough time to consider it with the speed of everything that's happened. I'll carry on. What else am I going to do? What else do I know anything about? …....As they say, I started out with nothing but I've got most of it left, so I'll just carry on."  It has subsequently been announced that Hugo Palmer will take over at Manor House. The Group One winning trainer will move from his base at Kremlin House in Newmarket. Palmer said: “Cheshire is a beautiful part of the world. It is also an opportunity to significantly expand the string of horses I am training. I am ambitious and hungry and I want to win more races. It has taken a lot of people by surprise, but it is a fantastic professional opportunity and also, from a personal side of things, it removes the pressure in many respects, as it just means I can be paid a salary to do the job I love, rather than tearing my hair out with people not paying me." He added: “Kremlin Cottage Stables will either be rented out or sold.” In a statement posted on Twitter, Michael Owen said: “I am absolutely thrilled to announce that multiple Group One and Classic winning trainer, Hugo Palmer, is to join Manor House Stables as our trainer and will be taking up his appointment in readiness for the new season. Hugo’s CV is there for all to see and it’s a huge coup for the area to welcome one of the country’s leading trainers. MHS has made giant strides both on and off the track since we opened our doors 17 years ago and I look forward to furthering that success with Hugo in the years to come.” Owen Burrows is another that will be in new surroundings and welcoming new owners this season having been a private trainer for the Maktoum family at Kingwood House Stables since taking out his licence in 2017. The Shadwell Estate Company, the legacy operation of owner-breeder Hamdan Al Maktoum, will continue under daughter Sheikha Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum but with a much smaller number of horses in training. Burrows will move to Farncombe Down Stables, which the Shadwell operation has been using as a pre-training and rehabilitation yard. It shouldn't prove too difficult a move as it’s only about three-miles round the corner.  I mentioned Chelsea Banham in last years piece and she had 10 winners in 2021, down on her total of 15 in 2020, but she already has 2 on the board for 2022 as I write in February. She may not have any Classic hopefuls down at Mulligans yard, Newmarket but she is one to keep an eye out for especially on the All-Weather. Michael Appleby is always worth looking for early in the year with his All-Weather runners and is once again leading the All-Weather Trainers Championship in February whilst Tony Carroll is another who will saddle plenty on the synthetic surfaces. Finally, David Elsworth has of course retired. Without doubt one of the best ever dual-purpose trainers the game has seen announced he was retiring in December telling the Racing Post website at the time "I don't think it's a big deal but I no longer have any horses and I won't be renewing my licence, so you can now definitely say I'm retiring." He had looked after such greats as Desert Orchid over the Jumps and Persian Punch on the Flat and one of my favourites Rhyme 'N Reason who he trained to win the Grand National in 1988 – the first winner of that race I ever backed - I have a photo of him winning signed by Jockey that day Brendan Powell on the sideboard at home. As for his future, Elsworth said in December "I'll see how the wind blows before deciding what to do next. My home is in Newmarket and I'm not planning to up sticks and move anywhere – I just won't be operating as a trainer."  

A list of the websites of various Trainers and some owners worth keeping an eye on include:

Owners & Stud Websites

Godolphin: https://www.godolphin.com/

Darley: https://www.darleyeurope.com/

Al Shaqab Racing: http://www.alshaqabracing.com

Qatar Racing: https://www.qatarracingltd.com/

Imad Al Sagar: https://bluediamondstud.co.uk/ 

Juddmonte: https://juddmonte.com/ 

Cheveley Park: http://www.cheveleypark.co.uk/

Highclere Stud: https://highclerestud.co.uk/

Shadwell Stud: https://shadwellstud.com/

The National Stud: https://www.nationalstud.co.uk/ 

Trainers Websites

Darryll Holland: https://www.harratoncourtstables.co.uk/

Mark Johnston: http://www.markjohnstonracing.com/

William Haggas: https://www.somerville-lodge.co.uk/

Ralph Beckett: http://www.rbeckett.com/

Richard Fahey: http://racehorse-trainer.com/

Richard Hannon: http://www.richardhannonracing.co.uk/

George Scott: http://www.georgescottracing.com/home.htm

Jamie Osborne: http://www.jamieosborne.com/

Roger Varian: http://www.varianstable.com/

 Marco Botti: http://www.marcobotti.co.uk/

 Mick Easterby: http://www.mckeasterby.co.uk/

 David Simcock: http://davidsimcock.co.uk/

 Richard Hughes: http://richardhughesracing.co.uk/

 Mick Channon: https://www.mickchannon.tv/

 Simon Crisford: http://crisfordracing.com/

Roger Charlton: http://www.rogercharlton.com/

Ruth Carr: http://www.ruthcarrracing.co.uk/

David O’Meara: http://www.davidomeararacing.com/

Robert Cowell: http://robertcowellracing.co.uk/

Clive Cox: https://www.clivecox.com/

James Tate: http://www.jamestateracing.com/

Martyn Meade: http://www.martynmeaderacing.com/

James Fanshawe: http://www.jamesfanshawe.com/

Archie Watson: http://www.archiewatsonracing.com/

Hugo Palmer: https://www.manorhousestables.com

Marcus Tregoning: http://marcustregoningracing.co.uk/ 

Charlie Hills: https://charleshills.com/ 

Andrew Balding: https://www.kingsclere.com/