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Phillip Hobbs has come a long way since launching his training career with 6 horses in a cowshed in 1985. The former professional jumps’ jockey is recognised as one of the most skillful trainers in national hunt racing, and a formidable presence at the sport’s most important meetings.
Phillip Hobbs turned his hand to training national hunt racehorses after ending his career as a professional jockey in 1985. Hobbs’ first stable was a minor enterprise, and for more than a decade he was a fringe figure in national hunt racing.
This was to change during the mid 1990s when Hobbs’ success rate began to climb, and by the end of the 1999/2000-season the stable had achieved 100 wins in a season for the first time. The Hobbs stable has achieved consistent results since making this breakthrough, and has attracted the services of top national hunt jockey Richard Johnson.
While Phillip Hobbs’ training career has been characterised by achieving consistent results throughout each season, rather than by training the most glamorous racehorses in national hunt racing, he has a respectable record at the Cheltenham Festival.
The biggest victory of Hobbs’ career was his win in the 2002 Queen Mother Champion Chase with Flagship Uberalles. Hobbs won the Champion Hurdle a year later, and went on to win the Triumph Hurdle twice during a period of three seasons.
Other Cheltenham Festival wins achieved by Phillip Hobbs include wins in the Royal & Sunalliance Chase and the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle. Hobbs has also won the Hennessy Gold Cup, Racing Post Chase and the Tingle Creek Chase.
Phillip Hobbs was born on the 26th of July 1955. Hobbs lives at his family farm in Minehead, Somerset, and has used this location to train his racehorses since starting out in 1985. Hobbs read agriculture at Reading University before deciding to pursue his passion for national hunt racing.
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