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Name Sir Michael Stoute
Location Newmarket
Contact No. tel: 01638 663801
mob: 07860 326320
email: stephanie@michaelstouteltd.co.uk
Address Freemason Lodge, Bury Road, Newmarket,
Suffolk, CB8 7BY
Website http://www.highclereracing.co.uk/trainers/sir-michael-stoute
In the space available it is hardly possible to do justice to the full achievements of Michael Stoute whose career stretching back over more than four decades has been synonymous with success and some of the most famous thoroughbreds of the era with some passing into wider public consciousness.

From the start of his career in 1972, he has shown an uncanny knack for realising the capabilities and potential of the horses under his charge. First Classic win Fair Salinia heralded the real start of his stay at the ‘top table’ of trainers. However, his next winner of a British Classic remains the horse by which to this day a generation of the wider public direct their attention when considering the sport.

Shergar’s two year old career was highly satisfactory but not spectacular by modern standards and culminated in a runner up placing behind Beldale Flutter in the season’s final Group 1 juvenile contest Doncaster’s William Hill Futurity (until recently the Racing Post Trophy and from 2018 the Verteam Futurity). His efforts on Town Moor led a number of observers to suggest that the 25/1 about the 1981 Derby looked fair value. Those who brave the ante post markets at that time were to be handsomely rewarded. His three year old season consisted of victory in the Sandown Classic Trial. Perhaps surprisingly in view of his authority odds of 8/1 remained available about a Derby triumph. It is hard to imagine such largesse on behalf of the layers these days and that price prompted the then doyen of racing correspondents Richard Baerlein to observe..’now is the time to bet like men...(a comment that would surely not escape censure in the current climate!!).

A subsequent twelve length win in the Chester Vase followed by a ten length win in the Blue Riband itself propelled Shergar’s reputation into the stratosphere. A four length win in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes was followed by a below par effort in what was to prove his final race the St Leger, where he was beaten by Cut Above. The subsequent tragic events surrounding the horse and his kidnap have served in many ways to burnish his legend, but they merely formed a prelude to four further wins in the race for his trainer.

The 1986 win of Sharastani was somewhat overshadowed by excessive concern over the injudicious runner given to the runner Dancing Brave. In the new millennium the yard landed the Blue Riband event with Kris Kin (2003), North Light (2004) and Workforce (2010) with the latter still holding the record time for the event. Fair Salinia’s Oaks triumph was accompanied by another in 1987 when Unite the Fillies’ mile and a half Classic with Walter Swinburn again in the plate. The 1000 and 2000 Guineas have also provided rich pickings. Although it is a far more regular occurrence in recent Musical Bliss’s victory on her seasonal reappearance in the 1989 1000 Guineas was notable at the time and the 2003 victory of Russian Rhythm in the 2003 renewal of the Fillies’ mile Classic left plenty wondering how such a talented filly could have gone off at a price of 12/1. The 2000 Guineas has made its way back to the yard five times with Shadeed, Doyoun, Entrepreneur, King’s Best and Golan.

The St Leger proved a harder nut to crack for the yard but the Classic ‘full set’ was completed in 2008 with Conduit triumphant on Town Moor. The Dalakhani colt went on to enjoy a top class four year old season. Unsurprisingly in such a long career many of the yard’s top horses have gone to enjoy a successful stud career. Foremost amongst these was not a Classic winner, but a blistering fast six furlongs performer Green Desert, who won the July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup in 1986. His stallion sons include Oasis Dream, Cape Cross, Sheikh Albadou, Invincible Spirit and Desert Prince, each of whom has made a considerable mark on British breeding.

Outside the Classics the first all aged mile and a half Group 1 of the season, the King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, has proved an excellent race for the yard with no less than six winners of the prestigious race. Of particular note was the 2009 renewal where Conduit led home a full house for the yard with second and third places being filled by Tartan Bearer and Ask respectively.

The yard also boasts an enviable record in the increasingly international racing and breeding industry. Sir Michael has won the Arc via Workforce (2010), the Japan Cup in successive years with Singspiel and Pilsudski in 1996 and 1997. Perhaps the crowning achievement on the worldwide stage has been the seven Breeders’ Cup victories, three in the Filly and Mare Turf via Islington 2003, Dank 2013 and Queens Trust 2016 and four in the Turf Pilsudski 1996, Kalanisi 200 and Conduit in successive years in 2008 and 2009.

The trainer has proved capable with all types of horse, but perhaps if one could distil the very best of his expertise it would be with his patient development of horse that thrive beyond their three year old career and go on the established themselves as top notch older performers.

The recent consolidation of the highest quality bloodstock in the hands of the Coolmore and Godolphin empires has made life a little more difficult of late, but 2018 has seen the King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes landed via Poet’s Word, admirable consistency just below the top level from middle distance performer Crystal Ocean and seven furlong and mile colt Expert Eye. The presence in the yard of Juddmonte’s hugely promising juvenile Kingman colt Sangarius, bodes well for 2019.

Howsoever the bloodstock landscape is configured in the coming seasons, it looks sure that Michael Stoute will be winning his share of races at the highest level for a while yet.

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Recent Runners
Race Date Race Time Horse Posn Price
18-05-2019 1650 Queen Power (IRE) 1 13/8F
18-05-2019 1540 Mustashry 1 9/1
18-05-2019 1500 Solid Stone (IRE) 9 5/1
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17-05-2019 1445 Heaven Forfend 2 7/2F
17-05-2019 1555 Jubiloso 1 4/5F
17-05-2019 1655 Alhaazm 2 5/1
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17-05-2019 1605 Accommodate (IRE) 15 7/2F
17-05-2019 1705 Laafy (USA) 2 2/1F
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16-05-2019 1555 The Very Moon 2 14/1
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16-05-2019 1425 Sun Maiden 3 16/1
16-05-2019 1425 Rawdaa 2 6/1
15-05-2019 1605 Karnavaal (IRE) 5 5/1
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11-05-2019 1415 Sextant 1 7/1
10-05-2019 1850 El Picador (IRE) 5 14/1
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06-05-2019 1655 Davydenko 1 12/1
05-05-2019 1350 Melting Dew 9 11/1
05-05-2019 1420 Veracious 4 5/4F
04-05-2019 1655 London Eye (USA) 2 3/1F
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