In recent times, jockey Andrea Atzeni achieved the notable feat of winning the race three years running but for three different trainers. Kingston Hill won for Roger Varian in 2013, Elm Park for Andrew Balding in 2014 and Marcel for Peter Chapple-Hyam in 2015 were the three horses to complete the feat for Atzeni, and it is a distinction that is unlikely to be challenged in the near future.
The record for wins by a jockey is shared by two of the great names in the history of flat racing. Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery have five wins apiece, and their rivalry through the sixties, seventies and eighties was one of the most enthralling aspects of racing at that time.
The Racing Post Trophy is not seen to clash with the Dewhurst (run a couple of weeks earlier, over seven furlongs at Newmarket). This is because the Dewhurst is mostly seen as a Guineas pointer, and tends to attract speedier types. Both races are firmly embedded in the racing calendar, and no two races sway ante-post markets for the following season’s classics like them.
Given the amount of top class horses that have come out of the Racing Post Trophy in the past, it is unlikely to be moved from its perch as the top trial race for the potential Derby pretenders lurking amongst the crop of two year olds.