John Gosden – Trainer Profile

John Gosden
License: UK and Ireland
Date of Birth:
Newmarket, England
UK and Ireland
Notable Horses:
Taghrooda, Kingman
Titles Awarded:
British flat racing Champion Trainer (2012)
Biggest Wins:
  • £603,962: King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco British Champions Series) (Group 1) Jul 26, 2014
  • £285,700: Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois (Group 1) (3yo+ No Geldings) (Str) (Turf) Aug 17, 2014
  • £170,130: Qipco Sussex Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Jul 30, 2014

About John Gosden

John Gosden, British Champion Trainer in 2012, is one of the few trainers in history to have been a success both in Britain and in the United States having mastered the two very different styles of racing and training on both sides of the Atlantic.

The son of famous Newmarket trainer ‘Towser’ Gosden, John learned his trade under the wing of two of the greatest trainers in history – Ireland’s legendary Vincent O’Brien, and Britain’s Sir Noel Murless.

The Cambridge graduate certainly learned well, and after deciding to seek his fortune in the US at the end of the 1970‘s hit the big time in 1983 when sending out top handicapper Bates Motel to a series of high-profile successes. The following year was the very first Breeders’ Cup fixture and Gosden struck at the first time of asking with the high-class filly Royal Heroine taking the Breeders’ Cup

Gosden moved back to England at the end of the 1980’s and soon established himself amongst the best around, winning top-class races in Britain, France, Italy, and Ireland in his first few seasons with the likes of Ristna, Keen Hunter, Wolfhound, and Mashaalah.

Shantou’s 1996 St Leger victory was the first of four for Gosden in the world’s oldest classic race, and the following year he struck gold when sending out Benny The Dip to win the Epsom Derby.

Lahaan won the 1000 Guineas in 2000 for the yard, but the 2000 Guineas has proven elusive even for the Gosden magic. He came agonisingly close in 2014 when his highly regarded Kingman lost out narrowly to surprise scorer Night of Thunder in a dramatic renewal of the colt’s mile classic.

In 2003, Oasis Dream proved himself the best sprinter in Europe with a series of Group 1 wins including in the July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes, while top miler Ravens Pass lit up the 2008 season ahead of a series of high-class stable companions such as Dar Re Mi, Nathaniel, Elusive Kate, and The Fugue, who between them built up the momentum that carried the Gosden to the trainer’s championship in 2012.

An interviewers’ dream with his stylish use of language and relaxed style, Gosden returned to show the Americans he hadn’t forgotten what it takes to win big races in the US when saddling Seek Again to win the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in December 2013. Hopes are reportedly very high in the Gosden camp that Kingman can atone for his narrow 2000 Guineas loss and prove himself a superstar performer over a mile in 2014.

John Gosden sent out an impressive 108 winners in the 2013 season at an overall strike rate of a very respectable 21%, but his horses are particularly worth keeping an eye on when competing at Southwell (39%), Lingfield (Turf 31%), Wolverhampton (28%), Chester (27%), and Haydock (26%).

William Buick joined the Gosden team as stable jockey in 2010 and the partnership has been a tremendous success. It is well worth noting though that the Newmarket handler has a particularly good strike-rate when teaming up with other jockeys such as Martin Dwyer (63%), Ryan Moore (39%), Dane O’Neill (38%), James Doyle (36%), and Paul Hanagan (25%) [1].