Saeed bin Suroor

Welcome to our profile of Godolphin Trainer Saeed bin Suroor:

Key Stats

Name – Saeed bin Suroor

Date of Birth – 16 November 1968

Birthplace – Dubai

Racing Yard – Godolphin Stables, Newmarket

Big Wins: 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, Derby, Oaks, St Leger, Ascot Gold Cup, Coronation Cup, Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Lockinge Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix du Jockey Club, Irish 2000 Guineas, Irish Champion Stakes, Dubai World Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf and many more top races around the world.

Saeed bin Suroor

Trainer Profile

Saeed bin Suroor took out his training licence in 1993 and was appointed at Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation the following year.

He trains from the Godolphin Stables in Newmarket during the flat turf season in the UK and from Al Quoz Stables in Dubai during the winter.

Saeed bin Suroor – Key Trainer Stats

He has been Champion Trainer in Britain on four occasions.

He won it for the first time in 1996 and later added titles in 1998, 1999 and 2004.

He has won 12 English Classics and four in Ireland as well as a host of top-class races around the world.

He prepared All The Good to win the 2008 Caulfield Cup, a breakthrough first Grade 1 win in Australia for Godolphin.

He has won the Dubai World Cup a record nine times and has been champion trainer at the Carnival on eight occasions.

He has trained over 2,000 winners around the globe with almost 200 of these at Group 1 level.

Saeed bin Suroor’s Big Race Wins

Godolphin has been such a global force in the world of horse racing that Saeed bin Suroor has left his mark across the International stage.

Britain has been his priority with victories in all five Classic races.

He has two victories in both Guineas’ plus a Derby win with Lammtarra in 1995.

He has also trained two Oaks winners but has been extremely successful in the St Leger with five victories, his most recent being Mastery in 2009.

Bin Suroor also has a fine record at Royal Ascot, notably with five Gold Cup victories; Classic Cliché (1996), Kayf Tara (1998, 2000), Papineau (2004) and Colour Vision (2012). He has also won the Queen Anne Stakes seven times and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes four times, memorably with Dubai Millennium in 2000.

The brilliant Lammtarra also won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a race he later won with Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2002).

Bin Suroor trained Shamardal to win the Prix du Jockey Club in 2005 and he has won the Irish Champion Stakes four times, the Irish 2000 Guineas twice and the Irish St Leger twice.

He has also been successful at the Breeders’ Cup with Daylami (1999) and Fantastic Light (2001) in the Turf.

Saeed bin Suroor’s Most Famous Victories

Lammtarra’s Epsom Derby win in 1995 was tinged with sadness, coming within months of the tragic shooting of former trainer Alex Scott. The colt did not come to hand early in the spring and went to Epsom after a 302-day lay-off. He was produced with a brilliant surging run by Walter Swinburn to win at 14-1.

Dubai Millennium’s victory in the 2000 Dubai World Cup stands out as a career-high for Saeed bin Suroor. The horse suffered the only defeat of his career in the Epsom Derby the previous season but showed himself to be a true champion over ten furlongs. He won the Dubai World Cup by six lengths, being hailed as the best horse ever to race in the blue of Godolphin.

Summary

Saeed bin Suroor has been a lynchpin of the Godolphin operation since 1994.

Although the thoroughbred talent is shared between him and Charlie Appleby, bin Suroor remains a key member of the team and will no doubt be adding to his impressive record of Group 1 victories.

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