Death of Peter Walwyn

It is with great sadness we note the passing of Peter Walwyn. As well as his highly successful record over many years as a trainer, Peter made a massive contribution to horseracing, in particular to the training centre of Lambourn, to which he was utterly devoted.

Everyone has their story of encounters with Peter. One was never quite sure whether praise or brickbats were about to be bestowed. But the certainty was that his ultimate aim was the good of the sport or the community in which he was held in such high regard.

Mary Reveley

The NTF sends sincerest condolences to the family of Mary Reveley, who has died suddenly.

In her career as a trainer Mary saddled a huge volume of winners across both codes. She was from that rare seam of trainers whose fundamental horse knowledge enables them to bring out each horse’s full potential whatever its characteristics and aptitudes.

Her understated success gained her the respect of fellow trainers and at the NTF we benefited from her wise thoughts on racing matters.

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.

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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