Trainers – John Dunlop, Henry Cecil

Two men have literally sparkled at Glorious Goodwood over the years and they are veteran trainers John Dunlop and Henry Cecil. They head the long list of the most prolific trainers at Goodwood, and although their glory days are more than likely coming to a close, they have already etched their names in the annals of horseracing history, and continue to impress.

John Dunlop

Dunlop has been an ardent supporter of Goodwood for many years. He not only tops the list as the most successful trainer at Goodwood, he is also the director of the racecourse. His record is astounding – he has clinched a total of 177 wins at Goodwood, 42 of which were over the five days of the Festival Meet.

He is based at Castle Stables which overlook Arundel Castle and are within striking distance of the Goodwood Estate. He began training in 1966, and his very first success was with one of the Duke of Norfolk’s horses. From then on in, it has been a story of remarkable success, hard work and total dedication to his chosen trade.

His most fruitful races have been the Gordon Stakes, with 6 winners, and the Molecomb Stakes with 3. He has been the top trainer at the Festival Meet on two occasions, in 1999 and 2004, and he is not letting up just yet – in 2006 he walked away with 5 winners!

Henry Cecil

Henry Cecil has, over the years, created what is arguably the most successful racing stable in the whole of England. He has a proud record at Goodwood with 151 overall winners, 62 of which have been run at the Festival Meet.

He is particularly well known for his success with fillies, and over the years many of the top jockeys have ridden for him, including Lester Piggott, Joe Mercer and Kieren Fallon.

Cecil has been named Champion Trainer 10 times, and although his strike rate has diminished slightly recently, he still heads the Glorious Goodwood Festival trainer statistics.

He opened his account at Goodwood in 1969 with Rohays and went from strength to strength. He has a fantastic record in both of the Festival’s Group 1 races, having won both the Sussex and Nassau Stakes an incomparable five times.

He has won the Epsom Oaks eight times and the 1000 Guineas six times, but latterly he has been plagued by personal misfortune – he had a fall-out with Sheikh Mohammed who removed all his horses from Cecil’s stables, and in 2007 he announced he was being treated for stomach cancer.

Glorious Goodwood Festival Trainers are just as important as the jockeys and their horses – without them we would have no consistent performers on the track. When placing a bet, always take note of which of the top trainers have been involved in priming your choice!