Trainers of 2018 : Fabre wins 29th championship

21 January 2019

Trainers of 2018 : Fabre wins 29th championship


André Fabre is crowned French champion trainer for the 29th tiume in 2018 with €7.5m in earnings and premuims. His 186 horses ran 596 races and won 110 times.

Although his tally is €1.4m shorter than in 2017, when he also led by number of wins with 145 successes, André Fabre finished well ahead of his usual challenger, Jean-Claude Rouget, who saddled 138 winners for a total of 607 entries filled by 184 different horses.

With 4.4 million euros earned by the sole Cracksman in the Prix Ganay (Gr1) and Enable in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Gr1), John Gosden finishes in second place in the French rankings.

Henri-Alex Pantall finished fourth ahead of Fabrice Vermeulen, a newcomer in this leading quintet.

Jean-Claude Rouget is once again leading the tables by wins with 138 successes against 122 for Henri-Alex Pantall, 111 for Fabrice Vermeulen, 110 for André Fabre and 84 for the Southerner Christophe Escuder.

Two stables have passed the million euros mark in Owners premiums, namely those of Jean-Claude Rouget and Henri-Alex Pantall.

In 2018, French trainers won 14 of the 27 Group 1 races in the French program, compared with 10 for the British and 3 for the Irish. In 2017, the FRench had won 12 of the 25 Gr1 events in France against 9 for Great Britain and 4 for Ireland.

In terms of wins, the best foreign trainer in France in 2018 was Charlie Appleby with 15 wins for 42 runners, an impressive success rate of 36%. In Britain, he saddled 88 winners out of 313 starters, a success rate of 28% "only".

In the top 10 French list, two trainers (Jean-Claude Rouget and Carlos Laffon-Parias) boast a 20+% success rate, against three of the top ten in the United Kingdom. There, the top 10 has accumulated €44.7m in earnings, more than a third of all prizemoney across the country. The top ten in France for their part accumulated €34.8m, premiums included, that is about 22% of the total prizemoney.