The race for the champion trainer’s title in Britain, looks like going down to the wire.
It’s a three-horse race, featuring current holder Sir Michael Stoute, Richard Hannon and Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien but in reality, should rest between the latter two.
Unlike the jockeys’ title, it is not based on winners, |but on actual prize money won.
Hannon has had a great season with 167 winners while Stoute has sent out only 51 and O’Brien seven from his 66 runners in Britain.
If the title was based purely on winners, then Mark Johnston would lead the field having amassed 172.
The layers make Hannon who has not be the top man since 1992, the 11-10 favourite because of the autumn campaign laid out for his |successful two-year-olds and the high hopes surrounding Canford Cliffs in the QEII Stakes at Ascot next month.
O’Brien and Stoute are on the 9-4 mark, but if Canford again defeats Aidan’s Rip Van Winkle in that Ascot race, it’ll be all over bar the shouting despite O’Brien’s big entry in the St Leger.
Hannon is a great bet to nothing as he holds an advantage of £200,000 over O’Brien because the pair can be backed to level stakes for a a guaranteed small profit, with the prospect of the Coolmore maestro making the returns even bigger.