Irish 2000 Guineas Trainers

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 23: Trainer Aidan O'Brien of Ireland fields questions from the media outside his barn after the morning workout session in preparation for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Race Track October 23, 2008 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Both the British and Irish 2000 Guineas attract many of the same top owners and trainers. Among the top Irish trainers in flat racing are Aidan O’Brien, Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld.

2009 Irish 2000 Guineas trainers ranked high in British flat racing and who are definitely worth watching out for at the Curragh Racecourse include the likes of Peter Chapple-Hyam, Sir Michael Stoute and Saeed bin Suroor.

Aidan O’Brien

Irish-born Aidan O’Brien is currently ranked as the top flat racing trainer in both Irish and British racing. O’Brien is the private trainer for John Magnier and his associates at Coolmore Stud, and heads the Ballydoyle Stables in County Tipperary.

Horses Aidan O’Brien has trained winning horses for the Irish 2000 Guineas a total of five times – 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2008 (a double 2000 Guineas win). Likewise, O’Brien has seen five victories in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The 2008 partnership of Aidan O’Brien and Jockey Johnny Murtagh proved unstoppable as they claimed all five Irish Classics.  No other horse racing trainer has been able to accomplish this since 1935 and Aidan O’Brien was deservedly named Britain’s Champion trainer for the second consecutive year.

In 2007, O’Brien earned a whopping total of €5,104,480 in winning and place money.

In 2002, his Rock of Gibraltar won both the Irish and British 2000 Guineas. He achieved the same incredible feat again in 2008 with Henrythenavigator – the horse then went to win the St James Palace Stakes.

Judging by his recent performance, Aidan O’Brien is likely to be the top 2009 Irish 2000 Guineas trainer – keep your eyes on him and see what he does in the races leading up to the 2009 Irish Guineas Festival.

Jim Bolger

PARIS - MAY 13: Trainer Jim Bolger after Finsceal Beo finished second in The Poule D'Essai des Pouliches Race run at Longchamp Racecourse on May 13 2007, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)Jim Bolger saw considerable success in 2008 with New Approach taking the Irish Champion Stakes and Lush Lashes winning three Group 1 horse races.

Jim Bolger follows O’Brien as one of the top Irish flat racing trainer. Among the horses he has trained are the record-breaking Finsceal Beo and the popular Teofilo. In 2007, Bolger secured an impressive 58 wins, 47 second positions and 38 third positions out of 419 runs. He has yet to train an Irish 2000 Guineas winner.

Dermot Weld

In 2008, Dermot Weld saw a win with Winchester at the Secretariat Stakes (Grade 1 flat horse race) at Arlington Park, Illinois, USA.MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 02: Dermot Weld the trainer of Profound Beauty speaks to the media at a press conference after trackwork at Sandown Racecourse on November 2, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

For the 2007 racing season, Dermot Weld – who maintains the Rosewell House stable in Curragh – ranked as the third most successful flat racing trainer, after Aidan O’Brien and Jim Bolger making him one of the top 2009 Irish 2000 Guineas trainers to back. For the season, he earned a total of €1,749,615 in prize and place money.

Already by 2000, Weld had set the record for the most winners trained in Ireland, at 2,578. His Flash Of Steel won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1986.

Peter Chapple-Hyam

NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - JULY 3: Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam is seen at his stables on July 3, 2007, in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
Peter Chapple-Hyam is currently ranked fourth among British flat racing trainers. Over the 2007 season, he won a total of £1,852,639 in prize money. Horses trained by Chapple-Hyam won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1992, 1994 and 1995.

Sir Michael Stoute

Sir Michael Stoute had an admirable 2008 season, especially in the UK. He won the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse with Conduit as well as the Pretty Polly Stakes at Curragh Racecourse with Promising Lead.

Sir Michael Stoute has been awarded the title of British Champion Trainer a total of nine times. Stoute-trained Shaadi won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1989. Horses trained by Stoute have won the British 2000 Guineas a remarkable five times and the British 1000 Guineas twice – let’s see how he fares among the 2009 Irish 2000 Guineas trainers.

Saeed bin Suroor

YORK, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Trainer Saeed bin Suroor of Godolphin attends York Racecourse on May 18, 2006 in York, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)In May 2008, Saeed bin Suroor saw Creachadoir win the annual Lockinge Stakes at Newbury Racecourse. Saeed bin Suroor had success abroad in 2008, picking up two vicories in the USA and winning Australia’s Caulfield Cup at Melbourne Racing Club with All The Good.

Saeed bin Suroor has earned the title of British Champion Trainer four times. He began training for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation in 1995. Suroor-trained Bachir won the Irish 2000 Guineas in the year 2000. Horses trained by Suroor have also won the British 2000 Guineas twice and the British 1000 Guineas twice.

Which Irish 2000 Guineas trainer do you think will win the race?