Aidan O’Brien to be crowned Champion Trainer at Ascot

Aidan O’Brien will officially be crowned British Champion Trainer 2017 at QIPCO British Champions Day this Saturday, 21st October at Ascot.

O’Brien has enjoyed a sensational 2017 winning four out of the five British Classics, together with three winners at Royal Ascot and eleven races which comprise the 35 race QIPCO British Champions Series.

O’Brien is also tantalisingly poised to equal, and possibly exceed, the World Record for the most number of Group / Grade 1 victories in a year on QIPCO British Champions Day when he bids to eclipse Bobby Frankel’s tally of 25 which was set in 2003. Currently on 24 winners at the highest level for the year, O’Brien is fielding a dazzling squad for Britain’s richest raceday that comprises dual Classic winner Churchill, crack sprinter Caravaggio, globetrotter Highland Reel and Order of St George.

The Trainers’ Championship is decided on prize money and runs from 1st January to 31st December but, at the request of the National Trainers Federation, the presentation will be made on QIPCO British Champions Day, along with the Stobart Champion Flat Jockey and Champion Owner.

Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the National Trainers’ Federation said, “In recognition of his exceptional performance in 2017 and as he challenges the boundaries at the highest level, the NTF felt it was fitting that Aidan O’Brien should be crowned Champion Flat Trainer on QIPCO British Champions Day, the finale to the European flat racing season. We congratulate him and all the team at Ballydoyle.”

Rod Street, Chief Executive of British Champions Series said, “Aidan O’Brien has once again been in blistering form this season, winning 11 of the 30 QIPCO British Champions Series races that have been run to date so we are delighted to be honouring his achievements and celebrating his successful defence of his title on QIPCO British Champions Day. Congratulations to him and all the team.”

O’Brien has accrued £7,247,556 in prize money in Great Britain this year and is nearly £3 million ahead of the 2015 Champion Trainer, John Gosden who, as the last British winner of the title, will make the presentation to his peer after the QIPCO Champion Stakes at approximately 4.05pm.


Passing of Patrick Haslam

We are very sad to hear about the passing of Patrick Haslam following a long illness. Patrick was a clever and versatile trainer, renowned for the rare feat of having trained a winner at every British racecourse.

He had great energy and a passion for the sport of racing, not just training horses. He was always interested in what was going on in the industry and was much admired and respected by his colleagues.

Our condolences go to Anne and Ben.

Training yard wanted

A highly experienced trainer is looking for a yard to rent, preferably in the Midlands but would consider moving outside the area.

The trainer requires 30 to 40 stables, gallops, turn-out paddocks and residential accommodation.

Please contact the NTF in the first instance on the main office number, 01488 71719. All contacts will be treated in strictest confidence.

Legal helpline moves to NTF solicitors

As from the 16th May, the NTF legal helpline provider is moving to Knights solicitors in house lawyers.   The helpline telephone numbers remain the same so for employment dial 01488 71729 (24 hour service, 7 days a week) and for other legal matters dial 01206 846143 (9 am to 5pm weekdays).

The first port of call for members’ employment queries remains Dawn Bacchus at the NTF office on the above phone number; out of hours these calls divert to the helpline or when Dawn is not available.  In practice members should see no change.

Election of Northern region representative

The National Trainers Federation Council decides policy on everything that concerns the members and comprises representatives from its six regions. These representatives are elected from the membership in accordance with NTF rule 5(i).

There is a vacancy for a Northern Region representative so we are starting the election process set out in rule 6 by sending a nomination form to all members in the region.

If you would like to join the Council or suggest another trainer (with their consent), please complete the form at the link below and return it to the NTF office by Friday 5th May. This will allow us to complete the election in time for it to be ratified at the next regional meeting on Monday 26th June.

For further information please feel free to call Rupert Arnold, one of your current regional representatives – Ann Duffield (Chair), Nick Alexander and James Moffatt; or President Seamus Mullins.

North nomination form 2017

Dealing with social media abuse

Recent publicity has highlighted the abuse and harassment suffered by trainers and jockeys on social media. Even though the phenomenon is a fact of life, the distress and anxiety it causes is still real and disturbing to those affected.

The BHA has advised that trainers who receive abusive and threatening messages should not to be drawn into any response and report every single incident for them to record and profile. You should use these contacts details: email or the general telephone number is 0207 152 0172.

The BHA will take positive action to deal with those sending threatening abusive messages or posts. If threats are personal and you fear for immediate safety then you should also report the incident to Police.

How we send you weekly news

We would like to know from members whether the NTFWeekly news update and email is the best way for us to send you the information you need for your business. As it comes out once a week, we hold back items until the scheduled time for creating the email. Usually we aim to send it on Thursdays but other work commitments sometimes mean it isn’t sent until Friday.

An alternative would be for us to post news items on ntfmuse as they arise and send out a quick notification on Twitter or by text. At the end of the week, we would then send an email to everyone with a bullet point list of the items with links to ntfmuse.

The benefit would be more timely notification of news to members and wider awareness of the ntfmuse website where previous items are stored. We would also invite articles from external bodies such as the BHA, who already refer to ntfmuse in their rules consultations and disciplinary cases.

Let us know what you think by replying to the NTFW email or respond on ntfmuse.