Philip Hobbs Form and Entries
Philip Hobbs
  • Philip and Richard Johnson
  • Johnson, Philip, Sarah and ‘Jack’
  • Philip’s daughters – Diana, Caroline and Katherine
  • Philip Hobbs


Philip was brought up surrounded by horses. His father Tony Hobbs farmed and had a permit to train for many years, breeding several good horses to run in the family colours.

After school at Kings College, Taunton Philip went on to Reading University and achieved a BSc honors degree. He rode at Hickstead, show jumping as a junior and rode several point-to-point winners and winners under National Hunt rules as an amateur before turning professional at the age of 21.


Riding Career

Philip rode 160 winners in a 10-year career including The Black and White Gold Cup at Ascot, The Killiney Novice Chase and The Midlands Grand National on such good horses at West Tip and Artifice.

With a career as a trainer firmly in mind whist still riding professionally, Philip married Sarah in 1982 and then started training in August 1985 with only six horses.

Sarah (neé Hill) is, in her own right, a successful horsewoman and is daughter of Olympic Gold Medallist Bertie Hill. She evented and rode for England in the Junior European 3-day event team in Rome, has ridden winners point-to-pointing, under National Hunt rules and on the Flat, and is now an essential part of their business.

Philip and Sarah have three daughters, Caroline, Katherine and Diana who have ridden out the racehorses as well as point-to-point and riding under rules.

As a Trainer

Philip trains 112 horses at their yard in Somerset, has sent out over 2000 winners and has finished in the country’s top six National Hunt trainers since 1999.

Philip has brought most of the winners himself, from either England, Ireland, France or Germany.









































Big Winners

Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham

Rooster Booster

Queen Mother Champion Chase, Cheltenham

Flagship Uberalles

Arkle Challenge Chase, Cheltenham

Captain Chris

Champion Bumper, Cheltenham


Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Cheltenham


Triumph Hurdle, Cheltenham

Made In Japan, Detroit City, What’s Up Boys

Coral Cup, Cheltenham

What’s Up Boys, Monkerhostin

Bula Hurdle, Cheltenham

Rooster Booster, Detroit City

County Hurdle, Cheltenham

Rooster Booster, Moody Man

Greatwood Hurdle, Cheltenham

Rooster Booster, Menorah, Garde La Victoire

Glenfarclas Handicap Chase, Cheltenham

Baltazar King (twice)

RSA Chase, Cheltenham

One Knight

Grand Annual Chase, Cheltenham


Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, Cheltenham

Massini’s Maguire

Mackeson Gold Cup, Cheltenham

Joint Sovereignty

Beecher Chase, Aintree

Samlee, Chance Du Roy

Foxhunters Chase, Aintree

Bells Life

Old Roan Chase, Aintree

Wishful Thinking

Manifesto Novices’ Chase, Aintree


Whitbred Gold Cup, Sandown

Lacdoudal, Monkerhostin

Tingle Creek, Sandown

Flagship Uberalles

Imperial Cup, Sandown

Moody Man, Qaspal

Challow Hurdle, Newbury

Bonanza Boy, Fingal Bay

Hennessy Gold Cup, Newbury

What’s Up Boys

Racing Post Trophy, Kempton

Gunther McBride, Dr Leunt, Farmer Jack, Quinz

Amlin Chase, Ascot

Captain Chris

Welsh Grand National, Chepstow

Dream Alliance

Midlands Grand National, Uttoxeter

Gallic Prince, Lucky Lane

Scottish Champion Hurdle, Ayr

Noble Request, In Contrast, Cheltenian

Swinton Hurdle, Haydock

Dreams End, War Sound

Badger Beer Trophy, Wincanton

Parsons Legacy

Peterborough Chase, Huntingdon

Menorah, Wishful Thinking

Charlie Hall Chase, Wetherby


Great Yorkshire Chase, Doncaster

If In Doubt

Triumph Hurdle, Cheltenham

Defi Du Seuil

Doom Bar Juvenile Hurdle, Aintree

Defi Du Seuil

Coral Juvenile Hurdle, Chepstow

Defi Du Seuil

Haldon Gold Cup, Exeter

Monkerhostin, Planet Of Sound



Galway Plate, Galway


Guinness Gold Cup, Punchestown

Planet of Sound

Champion Novice Hurdle, Punchestown

What’s Up Boys

BMW Chase, Punchestown

Flagship Uberalles

Ryanair Novice Chase, Punchestown

Captain Chris

Memorial Novice Chase, Punchestown

Wishful Thinking



Balthazar King (twice)

Grand Cross Country, Craon



Cesarewitch Handicap, Newmarket

Detroit City, Big Easy

Northumberland Plate, Newcastle