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Sir Michael Stoute

Born: 22 October 1945

Nationality: Barbadian

First Winner as Trainer: Sandal (1972)

British Classic Wins: 15

Irish Classic Wins: 11

Notable Horses Trained: Shergar, Fair Salinia, Kribensis, Shahrastani, Singspiel, Pilsudski, Kalanisi, Daliapour, Golan, Kris Kin, Islington, Russian Rhythm, North Light, Conduit, Workforce

Career History

Sir Michael Stoute is one of the most successful trainers in horse racing history as his illustrious career has seen him win races all over the world.

However, it all started off on the island of Barbados where his love for horses first started as he used to go to the local Garrison Savannah track in the Caribbean. 

It wasn't until 1964 when at the age of 19 Stoute decided to venture over to the United Kingdom and learn the trade of training and he joing Pat Rohan's stables and worked as an assistant. 

He went solo in 1972 and it wasn't long before he tasted success as Sandal, a horse owned by his father, won at Newmarket.  This gave Stoute the buzz and it would take a lot of hard work before he was training horses for the top races.

His first major success came in 1977 when Triple First won the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and from that day he's continued on an upward curve training multiple Group One winners all over the globe.

1981 will be a year no one would ever forget in and out of the racing world as Stoute was training a three-year-old who was Derby-bound.  The horse was to be Shergar, who went on to win the Epsom Classic in stunning fashion, but ventured on to the front page for very different reasons two years later having been kidnapped from stud at the height of his stallion career.

Throughout the 1980's Stoute continued to climb the training ladder and he bagged his second Epsom Derby win in 1986 with Shahrastani, who also bagged Irish Derby glory at the Curragh.

A mutliple winner of the leading trainer's championship during the 1980s and 1990s Stoute had a minor lull in the English Classics and only managed to bag one success, which was with Entrepreneur in the 1997 2000 Guineas.

However, in the late 1990s Stoute would gain his biggest honour by being given a knighthood for his services to sport tourism in his native Barbados.

Nevetheless, the turn of the century saw the Freemasons Lodge handler get back into the big time and wins in the Epsom Derby with Kris Kin in 2003 and North Light in 2004 showed he still could fight out with the big trainers like Aidan O'Brien and Sir Henry Cecil

Sir Michael Stoute's biggest training feat was in 2010 when the Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned Workforce stormed to a record-breaking win in the Derby under Ryan Moore and then went on to win the Prix De L'arc De Triomphe months later in spectacular fashion.

To this day Stoute continues to be at the top of the training ranks as it showed when he bagged the top trainer crown in 2009. 

With stable jockey Ryan Moore an excellent asset to the stable and notable owners like The Queen and Prince Khalid Abdullah, Stoute will no doubt be still classed as one of the leading trainers in flat racing.

Other Leading Flat Trainers

Aidan O'Brien

Sir Henry Cecil

Richard Hannon

Dermot Weld