‘Trainer’ review: In pursuit of success in Sport of Kings

The British also know how to make series as good as Hollywood’s. Between drama, comedy, and investigation, UK productions draw worldwide attention, bringing renowned actors and creative stories.

And that success doesn’t come from today. The British television series Trainer was broadcast between 1991 and 1992 and has become very well known, especially by those passionate about the world of horse racing. In today’s post, we tell you a little bit about Trainer’s story and give an overview of how horse racing has become so famous.

Being considered one of the oldest sports globally, this competition has generated championships, books, movies, and much success globally. A big reason it’s become so big is actually thanks to the gambling that takes place on these races. 

The story of Trainer

The Trainer series takes place in Compton, a town near Newbury and its entire plot revolves around horse racing. Actor Mark Greenstreet plays Mike Hardy, a character who dreams of becoming a horse trainer and having his horses and space to train them. In addition to Mike, other essential characters on the show are John Gray (David McCallum) and Rachel Ware (Susannah York).

In its two seasons, Trainer was very well received by BBC1 viewers, who were already used to another BBC program. The series, set in the horse environment, is not just about racing; it’s also about greed, dreams, and how far riders and horse owners can go to fulfill their dreams.

In the second season, several characters are introduced, leading the viewer to experience the ups and downs experienced by Mike Hardy. The series also has a hint of surprise, which has led many to continue into the next season.


What revolted some fans is that despite the excellent script and showing the reality of the world of horse racing, the series ended the second season with an unsolved crime. Many believe that it is worth knowing a little of the importance of this sport, and the series shows this very well, in addition to counting on intrigues, romances, injustices, and victories.

Outras séries e filmes sobre corridas de cavalos

The world of horse racing wins fans every year; even though it’s one of the oldest sports in the world, history still wins. Here we list some movies and series inspired by this environment, from old stories set in the early days of racing and today’s reality, which still shows the sport as very relevant and famous.

  • Secretariat (2010)
  • 50 to 1 (2014)
  • Seabiscuit (2003)
  • Hidalgo (2004)
  • Ride Like a Girl (2019)
  • Luck (2011)
  • Dreamer (2005)
  • The Cup (2011)

The Biggest Horse Race

The most famous and glamorous horse races in the world take place in Ascot, UK. Famous for having the British royal family and celebrities from all over the world, but increasingly for the eccentricity and originality of the hats worn by the ladies.

Only purebred English horses can participate in the races. The first round starts with three critical races; the first in Queen Anne Stakes, followed by King’s Stand Stakes, and finally St. James Palace Stakes.

Horse Racing – The Sport of Kings

Horse racing is only no older than the race between men. There are records of competitions from Egypt and Ancient Greece, and the sport was already disputed in the Olympic Games held in 648 BC. Several variations emerged from the traditional modality: equestrian, obstacle courses, long-distance races, chariot racing, or even chariot battles, as shown in films about the Roman Empire.

In the Contemporary Age, England is the country of turf. A favorite sport of the British rich and nobles, it earned the nickname of the Sport of Kings. It grew along with England’s emergence as a great economic power during the Industrial Revolution. Commonly linked to aristocrats and their cigars, the sport fell into the favor of workers willing to gamble and spread its tentacles worldwide. First, there was an expansion across the rest of Europe, geographically closer. But the thing caught on in English colonized countries, like the United States, Canada, Australia, and African and Asian countries with the same language.