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Rewarding trainers

The Jockey Club South West Frequent Runner Championship is aimed at rewarding trainers who run horses regularly at Jockey Club Racecourses in the South West Region - Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton.


There are two categories of a frequent runner. Trainers with 40 or more horses and Trainers with 40 or fewer horses in training.


The Championship for the 2019/20 season started at Cheltenham on Friday 25th October and will include all races up to and including the last day of the South West region's season Wednesday 27th May at Warwick Racecourse).


All qualifying races are allocated a star rating (* to *****) with trainers awarded full points (star rating) for their first runner and half points for additional runners in the same race. These are based on the average numbers of runners a race has attracted over the previous two or three years as follows:

  • 1 star - 18 plus runners
  • 2 stars - 15-17
  • 3 stars - 12-14
  • 4 stars – 8-11
  • 5 stars – less than 8

The star ratings for each qualifying race are marked with the race conditions.


Less than 40 horses

Updated: 17th February 2020

Trainer Stars
J Scott 201.5
Christian Williams 115.5
J D Frost 106.5
C J Down 97.0
M Scudamore 90.5
R Walford 90.0
J Farrelly 87.0
David Dennis 77.5
Mrs S Gardner 70.0
H D Daly 69.5

More than 40 horses

Updated: 17th February 2020

Trainer Stars
P J Hobbs 380.5
D Skelton 369.0
C L Tizzard 342.5
P F Nicholls 335.5
N A Twiston-Davies 266.5
N J Henderson 222.0
D Pipe 219.5
N P Mulholland 215.0
F O'Brien 197.0
Jonjo O'Neill 194.0

The top six trainers in the above 40 category and the top two in the 40 or less category will each win an all expenses table for 10 on one day at The Festival.


Any points awarded after this date will count towards the final scoring at the end of the JCR South West Jumps season. 

The prizes on offer at the end of the season are a 12 month lease of a 2 horse lorry, courtesy of Equitrek, for the trainer in the above 40 category and the use of a box with food for 20 people, at The Festival 2020, courtesy of Cheltenham Racecourse, for the trainer in the 40 or less category.


The Frequent Runner Championship Leaderboard can be viewed along with The McCoy's South West Jumps Awards at the start of the season. The conditions of the races appearing here are subject to alteration before closing. The final conditions will appear in the relevant Racing Calendar and on this site in advance of the closing date.

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