The Best Australian Horse Racing Trainers


While the pedigree and breeding of a race horse is what gives a horse the potential to be a race winner, a donkey, or even a legend, it is their training which defines the real life success that a horse has when racing at the highest level.


The top trainers have large scale operations in place that allow them to get absolutely everything from a horse, getting them at their peak for the most prestigious and valuable horse races in Australia, with swathes of employees meaning each horse is looked after with great care and attention.


So while we need to look at our horse’s breeding and their jockey, a great place to start is knowing the biggest and best trainers in Australia and understanding their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making your horse racing bets.

Chris Waller

If you want to look for the best horse racing trainer, then Chris Waller is the place to start. The NSW trainer has claimed an amazing seven straight Australian Metropolitan Premierships, and is the trainer of perhaps the hottest property in the horse racing world: Winx‚Äč. The three time winner of the Cox Plate is seeking a record fourth triumph this year, which goes alongside countless other Group 1 victories that leaves her as surely the greatest mare in history.


It’s not just Winx, though, and Waller’s plethora of top class horses make him a formidable force at the top table of Australian horse racing.

Darren Weir

The closest challenger to Waller is Darren Weir.


The Victoria trainer has a formidable lineup of horses with his most successful of recent times including Prince of Penzance and Gailo Chop, who have both earned more than $4 million in their careers to date. Weir is a clear second in the Trainer Premiership in terms of both prize money and race winners, so he is certainly a trainer to keep your eye on when studying the form, and with over 1100 entries last year, he’ll certainly be a name you’ll be seeing a lot of when studying the cards of the biggest and best horse races.

Hayes and Dabernig

David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig make up a standout trio of trainers with a fantastic record in Australian thoroughbred racing. They’ve trained over 100 winners in the previous year, and are one of the key challengers to the dominant two trainers in Australian horse racing. With nearly $20 million in prize money in the previous year alone, the Hayes and Dabernig stable have some of the heavyweight horses in flat racing, with standouts including Vega Magic and Boom Time, as well as a wide array of horses with highly valuable wins to their names.

Snowden Racing

The father and son team of Peter and Paul Snowden might not be the most prolific of winners when compared to the likes of Chris Waller, but they are the masters of winning the most valuable races.That includes The Everest this year, the richest turf race with a prize of $10 million, which they won with star sprinter, Redzel. With the likes of Capitalist also on their books, Snowden Racing might not have the size of stables of some of the bigger yards, but their success in the biggest races, including two successes in the Golden Slipper, has made them amongst the most respected of yards across Australia.

James Cummings

Cummings was appointed the head trainer for Godolphin in Australia in 2017, and has wasted no time in making himself one of the leading names in Australian horse racing. Cummings had the third most wins last season with well over 100 successes, and his stable includes stars such as Stradbroke Handicap winner of 2017, Impending, and Group 1 winners in Kementari and Alizee. With his clear ability as a trainer and the backing of one of the wealthiest syndicates in world racing, expect to see Cummings’ name in the winners enclosure even more in the future.

The Best Horse Racing Trainers

We’ve had a look at some of the most prolific and high profile horse racing trainers in Australia, but considering the number of horses they enter, you shouldn’t necessarily overlook horses from the smaller yards when it comes to finding horse racing winners. The likes of Grant and Alana Williams, Ben Currie and Gary Clarke might not have the same numbers of runners as Weir or Waller, but their strike rates are excellent and so are perhaps better sources of high value racing winners when it comes to betting.


It’s not all about money and investments, and sometimes the love and care a horse receives from a smaller yard can help them grow more than the technology and resources can give them at a bigger yard.


Trainers go in and out of form, and will show more success in certain types of races, so it is well worth taking your time to understand each trainer, their form and their strengths, and then using that knowledge to make a profit from your horse racing betting.


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