Welcome to our profile of the powerful flat training yard of John & Thady Gosden:
Name – John Gosden
Date of Birth – 30 March 1951
Birthplace – Hove, Sussex
Racing Yard – Clarehaven Stables, Newmarket
Big Wins: Epsom Derby, 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, St Leger, Irish Derby, Irish 2000 Guineas, Irish Oaks, Irish Champion Stakes, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Breeders’ Cup Turf, Breeders’ Cup Mile and a huge number of other top races around the world
John & Thady Gosden – Trainer Profile
John Gosden learned his trade with legendary trainers Vincent O’Brien and Sir Noel Murless.
He then moved to California where he was assistant to Tommy Doyle before training under his own name with just three horses in America in 1979.
He credits Bates Motel for providing him with his first big break when landing the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap in 1983.
The following season he trained Royal Heroine to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile, establishing him as one of the leading trainers in the USA.
In 1989 he returned to Newmarket and immediately had an impact, later forming a partnership with jockey Frankie Dettori.
He moved to Manton in 1999, enjoying considerable success before a final move to Clarehaven in 2007.
He has remained at the top of the training ranks throughout this time.
In 2021 Gosden announced that he would be training under a shared licence with his son Thady.
John & Thady Gosden – Key Trainer Stats
Gosden achieved his first century in a calendar year in 1992, a feat he has repeated eleven times since.
His best year numerically was in 2019 with 192 winners, beating his previous best of 178 in 2018.
He won the title of Champion British Flat trainer for the first time in 2012, adding a second title in 2015.
He then won it in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
His runners earned over £3 million in prize money in 2020, more than £650,000 clear of Aidan O’Brien.
John & Thady Gosden’s Big Race Wins
The 2000 Guineas is the only British Classic to elude John Gosden.
He won the St Leger for the first time in 1996 with Shantou and took the Epsom Derby the following season with Benny The Dip.
Lahan provided Gosden with a 1000 Guineas success in 2000.
He has won the St Leger five times in all and the Epsom Oaks on three occasions. Golden Horn gave him a second Epsom Derby triumph in 2015 when beating stable companion Jack Hobbs.
The latter would provide Gosden with an Irish Derby win that year.
He has won the Irish Oaks three times and the Irish 2000 Guineas once.
Golden Horn proved himself a true champion with victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes. He was beaten on his final career start by Aidan O’Brien’s Found at the Breeders’ Cup but Gosden is no stranger to success at that meeting either. His victories there include the Classic in 2008 with Ravens Pass and the 2018 Turf with Enable.
He trained Enable to win back-to-back Arcs before she was beaten in her attempt at an unprecedented third consecutive win in 2019.
John & Thady Gosden’s – Most Famous Victories
Trying to pick out a handful of winners from the vast array of superstars trained by Gosden is almost impossible but Derby winners are always special.
Benny The Dip was Gosden’s first Derby winner in 1997, returning at 11-1 in a race where 2000 Guineas winner Entrepreneur started odds-on favourite. Willie Ryan rode Benny The Dip who just repelled the late run of Silver Patriarch by a short-head.
Golden Horn was not originally entered for the 2015 Derby with his owners convinced that he would not stay beyond a mile and a quarter. He was supplemented after his impressive win in the Dante Stakes and started 13-8 favourite at Epsom. Frankie Dettori rode a copybook race on him, although perhaps his finest hour was in the Arc. Once again supplemented, connections were dealt a hammer blow with a wide draw in barrier fourteen. Dettori rode him wide in the early stages before tacking across behind the pace-setter and kicking clear turning for home.
John Gosden has been at the top of his profession for many years, often providing the main opposition to the Aidan O’Brien stable in the most prestigious races.
Now teamed up with son Thady, the Gosden name looks set to remain a potent force for many years to come.