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Sir Michael Stoute (flat)Sir Michael Stoute (flat)
Nationality: Barbadian
Training Location: Freemason Lodge, Newmarket
Regular jockey: Ryan Moore

Racing Background
  • Sir Michael was born in Barbados, where his family have roots going back for 300 years. His father is the former Chief of Police there.
  • He was fascinated by horses from a young age and became a regular at his local racecourse, Garrison Savannah.
  • Sir Michael moved to England from Barbados at the age of 19 and became pupil assistant to the trainer Pat Rohan in Malton. He also worked for Doug Smith and Tom Jones before setting up his own stables in 1972.
  • Sir Michael’s first winner was Sandal, who won in Newmarket on April 28, 1972.
  • In 1998 he was knighted for services to sport and tourism in Barbados.
  • Sir Michael has had a phenomenal career and achieved the status of champion trainer ten times from 1981 to 2006.
  • Sir Michael is almost always in the top 2 or 3 of the trainers Championship, and is one of the all time greats
  • Sir Michael has, phenomenally, trained a winner in every single Classic race.
  • He was the only trainer in the 20th century to win a Classic in five successive seasons and he finally claimed the St. Leger in 2008 with Conduit, which was the only race previously missing from his CV of winners
  • Shergar, one of the most famous racehorses in the world, was trained by Sir Michael to win the 1981 Derby. He was one of the most talented horses of his generation, but was infamously kidnapped at the height of his success, allegedly by the IRA.
  • Sir Michael has trained numerous top-class horses, but Pilsudski and Singspiel were particularly special. In 1996 they came first and second respectively in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at the North American championship event. In the same year, Singspiel won the Japan Cup, which Pilsudski replicated a year later. Also in 1997 they won a total of seven Group 1 races around the world between them, which included Singspiel’s victory in the Dubai World Cup, the richest horserace in the world.
  • In 2004 Sir Michael won his fourth Derby with North Light. This was also his second successive victory in the race, following success with Kris Kin in 2003.
  • The list of owners who have horses trained at Freemason lodge is like a guide to the world’s wealthiest and most influential families. The Queen, Prince Khalid Abdullah, HH Aga Khan, the Niarchos family, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and the Maktoum family are just some of the illustrious names that have horses trained by Sir Michael.
  • He is a trainer who is very much in demand and his record speaks for itself. His victories include 21 English and Irish Classics as well as many prestigious races overseas such as the Breeders' Cup Turf and the Dubai World Cup. He also has a phenomenal record at Royal Ascot and numerous other victories at the highest level, in Britain and abroad.
  • Sir Michael had a sensational 2009 that saw him regain his Champion Trainer title with ÂŁ3,372,287 in prize money.

Other Hobbies and Interests
  • Apart from horses, Sir Michael’s other great passion is cricket. He loves to both play and watch, and is an ardent follower of the West Indies’ national team. He even has his own cricket net in the garden of Freemason Lodge.
  • Sir Michael’s star-sign is Libra.
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