Hall of Fame: Trainers

Point to Pointing is well known as a good schooling ground for young aspiring riders but our list also shows that many of those who begin riding in point to points can also go on to make their name in the training ranks.

The list below shows a selection of trainers who have ridden a winner in point to points in the past and have since proved their ability to turn out horses anywhere from the point to point field to the biggest occasions racing has to offer.

If you can add any further names or details to our list please contact us on office@p2p.ie

R H Alner

Rode one winner in 1990 while over to look at horses in the South East.Trainer of Gold Cup winner Cool Dawn, Kingscliff, Sir Rembrant & The Listener.

Rode 306 winners 1984 - '00. Trainer of Over The Furze and Lord Maisey.

Rode 413 winners 1980 - 99. Trainer of Elegant Lord (three time champion & Cheltenham Foxhunters winner). Riske of Thunder (seven time La Touche winner & Spot Thedifference (won 10 Cross Country Races).

J W Boyers

Rode pointing winners in the 60’s. Trainer of winners of County Hurdle, Galway Plate & Leopardstown Chase with horses such as Kilcoleman, Sir Barry, Artistic Prince & High Diver.

T. Busteed

Rode 20 winners 1974-’90. Has produced many leading young horses to run in points with Keen Leader perhaps his best yet.

Rode winners in points in the fifties and sixties. A Master of His trade. Can lay claim to no less than seven Gold Cup winners and a host of top class chaser over the years.

Rode 21 winners 1986 - 1999. Leading Northern trainer. Responsible for Arctic Copper (winner of maximum 6 races for 3 seasons in a row), Royal Ranger and Fnan.

G. Cusack

Rode 1 winner in 1985. Trainer of Tout A Coup to win 7 races 1995-’97 and over 100,000 in prize money.

Rode 50 winners from 1999 to 2007. Trainer of Sober Performance & Greywell.

Rode 18 winners from 1978-1981.Trainer of Friends Amigo, Anxious Moments & Lord Who.

Rode 2 winners in 1969. Trainer of Carvills Hill, Harcon & Merry Gale.

D. McDonagh

Rode a few winners in the 70’s before turning professional. Trainer of the great Monksfield.

Rode 151 winners between 1995 & 2006. Trainer of 2007 Grand National Winner Silver Birch, Salford City, Harper Vally and Newton Bridge.

Rode 156 winners 1984-2001. Trainer of Caim Hill.

Rode winners late sixties early seventies. Trainer of 2002/03 Champion Hunter Chaser Joe Blake.

Rode over 30 winner 1958-’67. Trainer of Glencarrig Lady,Newhall & Ebony Jane.

Rode 75 winners 1964-’86. Trainer of Irish National winner Maid Of Money and top mare Opera Hat.


Rider of 8 winners in the ‘90’s. Trainer of Broadstone Road, based in Galway.

Rider of 26 winners1976-’94. Trainer of Strontium.

Rode 163 winners 1986-2005. Trainer of Amstecos and points graduates Mister Lucky, Liquid Lunch and Jenna Marie.

Rode 47 winners 1970-’88. Co Clare dual purpose trainer of Native Scout & That’s Logic.

P. Henley

Rode 16 winners 1993-’02. Trainer of Ridyan & Tim French.

P. P. Hogan

Former point to point rider who rode his last winner in 1971. Without doubt the finest trainer of pointers the sport has ever seen. Under Way, Ah Whist, No Other Way, Any Crack, Howyanow, Vulelek and many others saw him dominate the late seventies and right through the eighties.

Rode 15 winners 1999-2004. Trainer of Ar Muin Na Muice & Wotsitooya.

Rode over 23 winners from the 50’s to 1973. Trainer of Liss A Paorigh, Carlingford Lough among many others.

Rode 20 winners 1980-’92. Trainer of Galway Hurdle winners Natalies Fancy & No Tag.

Rode 15 winners 1985-’94. Leading Northern trainer. Trainer of Supply and Fix, Ring Street Roller and Litron (all former point to pointers).

Rode 152 winners 1979-2002. Northern trainer responsible for Mr Multifix and Doc Martin.

Rode a few winner's in the late 70’s before turning professional. Trainer of Colonel Yeager.

Rode 47 winners 1990-91. Responsible for the early pointing career of 2008 Gold Cup winner, Denman.

Rode 83 winners 1972-’88.Trainer of 2003 English National winner Montys Pass and Galway Plate winner Stroll Home both pointing graduates. As well as 10 time winner Conna Castle.

Rode 362 winners 1981-’02. Trainer of Irish National winner & pointing graduate Davids Lad, Hollybank Buck, Lindens Lotto, Shes Our Mare, Dun Doire and Royal County Star among others. He has established himself as one of Irelands Leading trainers.

Rode a winner on his first ride in 1967. Trainer of Soft Day, Weather The Storm, Native Upmanship, Feathered Leader and many other leading jumpers over the years.

Rode 22 winners 1970-’74. Trainer of 2006 Gold Cup Hero War of Attrition who like Boss Doyle & His Song were top pointing graduates.


Rode a few pointing winners in the seventies. Trainer of Irish National winner Flashing Steel, Buckboard Bounce, Wolf Of Badenoch, Galmoy and many more.

Rode 40 winner 1977-’88. Trainer of Florida Pearl, Alexander Banquet, Adamant Approach Whither or Which, Missed That and many many more.

D.P. Murphy

Rode 21 winners 1990-’94.Former trainer of 2003 Galway plate winner Nearly A Moose.

Rode 18 winners 1989-’92. One of the World’s leading trainers on the level or obstacles. Trainer of Gallileo, High Chapparal, Johannesburg, Hawk Wing, Giants Causeway etc on the flat. Istabraq, Life of A Lord, Idiots Venture, etc over jumps. Trained the winner of all 5 Irish Classics in 2008. A legend in his own right.

P.F. O’Donnell

Rode 4 winners in the 80’s. Trainer of Cheltenham winner Chance Coffey.


Rode pointing winners in late 60’s early 70’s. Top National hunt trainer. Sound Man, Bit Of A Skite, Nick Dundee.

Rode 4 winners 1984-’88.Trainer of Foxhunters winner Lovely Citizen. Leading handler in the 2007/08 p2p season.

Rode 149 winners from 1974-’90. Trainer of Merry People and Al Eile.


Rode 17 winners 1990-’93. Trainer of McDonagh handicap winner Sheer Tenby.


Rode 2 winners 1994-’96. Trainer of Rathgar Beau, Justified and Trafford Lad. Winner of over 1,500,000 in prize money in recent years.

Rode winners in the late seventies & early eighties. Producer of many decent young prospects to race between the flags including National winner Bindaree, Gola Cher, Ross Moff & Ross River.

Rode 11 winners in 1982. As a trainer has handled Delphi Lodge, Kicking King, Verrazano Bridge, Champagne Native, Mr Baxter Basics, Secret Native.

Rode 17 winners 1980-’90. Trainer of Paddy Powers Chase winners and pointing graduates I Can Imagine and Call Me Dara. Leading p2p handler in 2008/09 with 40 winners.

Rode 4 winners in 1971. Trainer of Vintage Crop, Go And Go, Refuse To Bend, Media Puzzle, Zagreb and Dimitrov. One of the top flat trainers in the world and also well represented over obstacles with horses such as Fortune and Fame, Rare Holiday and Kiichi.

Rode 142 winners 1968-’86. Trainer of National winners Papillon & Commanche Court.

P. Verling

Rode 11 winner 1984-’87. Trainer of 2003 Galway Hurdle winner Sabadilla)


We have made every effort to ensure the information above is accurate however do not hesitate to contact us with any changes you think need to be made.

Information relating to trainers/riders can be difficult to trace due to changes in peoples  intials etc.

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