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Top 10 Trainers Heading Into The 2022/23 Season

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

Welcome to the top 10 trainers in Australia heading into the 2022/23 season. Like the jockeys, all are located within Vic and NSW which should come as no surprise.

10. Michael Moroney: Stats (Australia)

51 Winners, 11.1% Strike Rate, +19.56% ROI, 2 G1s

To kick off the list is Michael Moroney, who had a very handy year, very much aided by Roch N Horse where the market missed her, helping his ROI. Regardless, he had a great year, training Sound and Chapada to solid results and keeping the older boys going.

9. Peter & Paul Snowden: Stats

108 Winners, 13.5% Strike Rate, -10.44% ROI, 4 G1s

At 9 we have Snowden, who had 4 individual G1 winners, a solid feat. 108 winners is very solid nationwide and just a typically consistent and solid team. Sheeza Belter probably their highlight performance.

8. Peter Moody: Stats

83 Winners, 18.2% Strike Rate, -26.75% ROI, 3 G1s

At 8 we have Peter Moody pulling home 83 winners at a very strong strike rate. Just the one individual G1 winner and probably mishandled Incentivise slightly but has done some very solid work with many other horses. ROI leaves something to be desired though.

7. Danny O'Brien: Stats

70 Winners, 12.3% Strike Rate, -14.99% ROI, 2 G1s

At 7 we have Danny O'Brien, who had a somewhat down year but no denying his ability. His work with Russian Camelot was exceptional a few years back now but with the backing of Bob Peters, expect a big bounce back.

6. James Cummings: Stats

158 Winners, 16.7% Strike Rate, -11.14% ROI, 5 G1s

At 6 we have James Cummings who is the hardest trainer to rank on this list. He has the backing of the Godolphin operation but he has that for good reason. He also seems to be the best at keeping horses going late into a prep. Needs to train his horses to be able to settle closer to the lead though.

5. Anthony & Sam Freedman: Stats

110 Winners, 19% Strike Rate, -17.18% ROI, 1 G1

Entering the top 5 we have Anthony & Sam Freedman. A 19% strike rate is sensational but 1 G1 leaves a bit to be desired but could be the best 2yo trainers in the country. The Artorius overseas trip was about as successful as it could be though and hopefully, he can win in France.

4. Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr: Stats

141 Winners, 19% Strike Rate, +0.55% ROI, 4 G1s (Including the Golden Eagle)

At 4 we have Price & Kent. 141 Winners, 19% Strike Rate, a positive ROI and 3 individual G1 winners, it was a great season. They did well with I'm Thunderstruck and Lombardo winning the Goodwood was a great effort.

3. Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott: Stats

157 Winners, 18.6% Strike Rate, +0.81% ROI, 5 G1s

Gai & Adrian come in at 3. 157 winners, 18.6% Strike Rate, a positive ROI and from their 5 G1 wins, all 5 were different horses. The Alligator Blood training performance was the performance of the year. Do themselves all the favours getting their horses to settle forward and avoid bad luck.

2. Chris Waller: Stats (Australia)

352 Winners, 15.2% Strike Rate, -19.2% ROI, 12 G1s (Incl the Everest and Kings Stand)

Another hard trainer to rate. Mega stable but 15.2% strike rate is the worst of this top 6 and a poor ROI. Is not helped by having multiple horses in the same races but it helps with race tactics. 6 Individual G1 winners shows how good he still is though and figuring out/unlocking Nature Strip was amazing.

1. Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace: Stats

321 Winners, 19.9% Strike Rate, -11.59% ROI, 6 G1s

Who else could be at 1. Easily the best team in Aus and top 3-5 worldwide. Almost a 20% strike rate, a reasonable ROI and 4 individual G1 winners. A sensational staying trainer in particular and seem to be revolutionising the game with science. An easy pick for 1.

There you have it, the top 10 trainers in Australia heading into the season. I am very happy with the names in the top 10 but the order is somewhat subjective. Let me know if I missed anyone though.

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