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Top Trainers of 2016: Who Will Prevail at the End of the Year?

August 20, 2016

- Grant Whittington

With the fifth and final classic of the flat racing season set to take place at Doncaster in the form of the St. Leger Stakes in September, the competition between trainers and jockeys is set to reach fever pitch. In terms of trainers, there are a select few who are in the reckoning to emerge as the best in class for 2016.

Who have been the Top Trainers to date in 2016?

In terms of wins, Mark Johnston has enjoyed the best season to date, romping to 140 victories in 919 outings. This equates to a win-rate of 15.2%, although interestingly it only puts him seventh in the rankings when it comes to prize money (£1.6 million). The same can be said for Richard Fahey, who has achieved 133 successes from 1084 races at a win-rate of 12.2% while being the fourth-best earner with prize money of £1.8 million.

Instead, it is Aiden O’Brien who dominates the earning charts, having won in excess of £5.3 million since January. This is despite the fact that he has only entered runners into 88 prestigious races, winning on 21 occasions and placing on 50 further occasions. When you consider these earnings alongside an impressive win-rate of 23.8%, O’Brien has to be the main contender for flat trainer of the season.

The remainder of the campaign will be crucial, however, particularly with rival John Gosden (who has earnings of £2 million and 78 wins from 35 outings this season) set to enter two fillies in the St. Legers Stakes.

Who will Prevail at the St. Leger Stakes?

Gosden, who is seeking a fifth win in the final classic of the season, has entered Wings of Desire and the fancied Muntahaa for the St. Legers Stake. He faces stern competition from O’Brien, however, who has trained several entries including the current St. Leger favourite Idaho at 2/1. In this respect, the Newmarket-based Gosden faces a tall order to overhaul his rival, although you will get good odds that one of these contenders will be celebrating when the race is over.

Bettors will also be keeping a close eye on the legendary trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who has enjoyed another successful year with 75 wins from 314 races and total earnings of £1.88 million. Stoute, who won the St. Leger Stakes back in 2008 with Conduit, is more than capable of springing a surprise with the Across the Stars (currently available at 20/1 with bookmakers). As a man who has enjoyed incredible success and also won five International Stake honours, Stoute cannot be discounted from contention until the results have been announced.

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