John Ferguson – Trainer Profile

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John FergusonUK flag
Circuit: UK and Ireland
Date of Birth:
County Tipperary, Ireland
UK and Ireland
Notable Horses:
Adelaide, Gleneagles, Found
Titles Awarded:
Champion Trainer (2007, 2008)
Biggest Wins:
  • Three Kingdoms: Grand National – January 24, 2015
  • Parlour Games: Challow Hurdle – December 29, 2014
  • Parlour Games: Neptune Investment Management Novices´ Hurdle – November 14, 2014

About John Ferguson

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John Ferguson, horse trainer for Sheikh Mohammed

If you take a glance at British jumps trainers’ championship table at the start of the autumn 2015 period the name of John Ferguson jumps out at the very top of the chart.

It’s a name that didn’t even appear in the trainers’ ranks until 2012, so the fact that the man better known to many in the racing industry as the chief bloodstock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai has done so well, so fast, is extremely impressive.

Trainer With Highest Strike Rate Since Michael Dickinson´s Dominance in the 80’s

By mid-September 2015 – in the 2015/16 National Hunt jumps racing season that begins and ends in May – Ferguson had sent out no fewer than 48 winners from 118 runners at an unbelievable strike rate of 41%. These types of figures haven’t been seen since the days of Michael Dickinson’s dominance way back in the early 1980’s.

It is expected that those figures will not hold up through the season as the more powerful yards begin to re-introduce their horses to the competition, but Ferguson has totally dominated this summer and proved himself to be a tremendously talented trainer. His partnership with jockey Aidan Coleman is also working particularly well.

*Review the 2015/2016 jumps racing season for John Ferguson’s incredible stats.

John Ferguson Bio, From Soldier to Horse Trainer

Ferguson, despite his connections to some of the most powerful people in the racing world and international high society, is not from a privileged background. He was a soldier until the age of 25 when he switched to horses and began working as a stable lad for jumps trainer Nick Gaselee. He then moved on to be assistant trainer to the great Sir Michael Stoute, before turning his attention to bloodstock.

Soon after entering the bloodstock world he gained a reputation for being a particularly good judge of young, unraced horses and built his agency fast. Once he joined forces with Sheikh Mohammed’s team he had cemented his position as one of the most powerful agencies in world of thoroughbred markets [1].

Following is a video were Ferguson is featured at Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2009:

By the age of 50, Ferguson had still to realize his personal dream of training, so decided to have a go and took on many horses that had failed to make the grade for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation on the Flat, but who might be up to the task over jumps.

And it didn’t prove to disappoint, with Ferguson sending out 24 winners at a strike rate of a superb 31% in his first season with a licence. Last term (2014-15) he won 56 races at a winning ratio of 26% and, as mentioned earlier is currently operating at above 40% winning strike rate, something very rare indeed in racing anywhere in the world.

Ruacana was Ferguson’s first Grade 1 winner when landing the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in January 2013, and he followed up with more big-race success courtesy of the talented Parlour Games in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury in December 2014.

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Jockey Aidan Coleman

Until Ferguson cemented his partnership with Aidan Coleman as stable jockey, he relied very much on Denis O‘Regan and on the now-retired legend that is Tony McCoy.

Coleman has a stunning 45% winning strike rate at present on his new boss’ horses, whilst due to the amazing success of the horses there are other jockeys benefitting and showing impressive figures: Brian Hughes and Mikey Ennis (40%), Barry Geraghty (32%), Sam Twiston-Davies (30%), and Jack Quinlan (25%).

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It won’t come as any surprise to see that the Suffolk-based handler has equally, if not more impressive course statistics as a result of his tremendous run of form. Leicester has so far proved the happiest of the Ferguson hunting grounds with an extraordinary 63% winners-to-runners so far. 56% winners at Catterick, 50% winners at Taunton and Perth, as well as 37% at Huntingdon, Newton Abbot and Worcester, highlight just how Ferguson’s bandwagon continues to roll on.

It will be fascinating to see just how Ferguson‘s figures hold up once the top yards such as Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Philip Hobbs, and David Pipe get into full stride later in the autumn but for the moment he is certainly carrying all before him and proving to be the punters’ friend at the same time.

John Ferguson Stable Tour and Best Horses 2016

These are John Ferguson´s best horses from his 2016 stable tour [2].

John Ferguson Stable Tour

Chesterfield jumping the barrier – taken from

Chesterfield – A horse with promise, improving on every race and still to reach full potential.

El Namoose – A horse with class to share, looking to be a major contender in Aintree in the Spring.

Joe Farrell – Failed in two starts, but promises a lot of success. Keep an eye for great odds.

Parlour Games – Improving with every race, could be ready to be a top contender for the Cheltenham in the Challow at Newbury.

Pine Creek – Showed a great performance at the Ladbroke at Ascot, looking for a major handicap this season.

Purple Bay – Getting better on every race for Bloomfields team.


[1], A Man of Many Parts, 2013

[2], John Ferguson Stable Tour, 2016