Sir Michael Stoute

Welcome to our profile of ten times Champion Trainer Sir Michael Stoute:

Key Stats

Name – Sir Michael Stoute

Date of Birth – 22 October 1945

Birthplace – Barbados

Racing Yard – Freemason Lodge

Big Wins: 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, Derby, Oaks, St Leger, Ascot Gold Cup, Irish Derby, Irish Oaks, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Dubai World Cup, Japan Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf, Breeders’ Cup Mile, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, International Stakes and many more top races across the globe!

Sir Michael Stoute

Trainer Profile

Stoute left Barbados aged 19 to work as assistant trainer to Pat Rohan and took out his own licence in 1972.

His first winner was Sandal at Newmarket, owned by his father.

He became Champion Trainer for the first time in 1981, the year of Shergar’s Derby victory.

He has since gone on to claim the title on a further 9 occasions, most recently in 2009.

Sir Michael Stoute – Key Trainer Stats

Stoute has consistently recorded between 70 and 100 winners per season.

As his reputation grew, the emphasis switched from quantity to quality with his listed owners including Her Majesty The Queen and His Highness The Aga Khan.

His strike rate hovers around the 20% per cent mark, although this is significantly higher on the all-weather.

In 2018 he became the most successful trainer in history at Royal Ascot when recording his 76th winner at the meeting to eclipse the record of the late Sir Henry Cecil.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Big Race Wins

Sir Michael Stoute has won all five English Classics, completing the career clean-sweep when Conduit won the 2008 St Leger at Doncaster.

The Aga Khan’s Shergar (1981) was his first Epsom Derby winner with Shahrastani (1986) winning in the same colours.

Further Derby success followed with Kris Kin (2003), North Light (2004) and Workforce (2010).

He has won the 2000 Guineas five times, the 1000 Guineas twice and the Oaks twice.

Famous names among his Classic winners include Marwell, Shadeed and Russian Rhythm.

He has excelled as a trainer of older horses and has won the King George six times, most recently with Poet’s Word (2018).

He has also won the Eclipse Stakes six times and the International Stakes six times.

Ezzoud won the Eclipse in 1994 and the International in 1993 and 1994.

Stoute’s International victories include three Irish Derby victories; Shergar (1981), Shareef Dancer (1983) and Shahrastani (1986).

He has also won the Irish Oaks six times and the Irish Champion Stakes twice.

He won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the first time with Workforce (2010) and the Dubai World Cup with Singspiel (1997).

He has four Breeders’ Cup Turf victories, two of them courtesy of Conduit (2008, 2009).

Sir Michael Stoute’s – Most Famous Victories

Shergar’s 1981 Derby victory was notable for his record winning margin of 10 lengths. He was ridden by rising star Walter Swinburn and the horse would go on to win the Irish Derby and the King George. Sadly, the horse is better remembered for his tragic bungled kidnapping in 1993.

Estimate won the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup, providing a long-awaited first win in the race for Her Majesty The Queen. The horse was ridden out by Ryan Moore to repel the late challenge of Irish raider Simenon, sparking wild celebrations at the course.

Conduit’s St Leger win in 2008 came after 23 unsuccessful attempts to land the season’s final Classic. Retained rider Ryan Moore preferred Epsom Derby fourth Frozen Fire with Frankie Dettori taking the ride on Conduit, storming to a 3 lengths victory.

Summary

Sir Michael Stoute has been at the top of his profession for over 40 years and remains a major force.

Although not quite as prolific as in past years, there is no finer trainer in the land and it would be no surprise to see him add to his Classic haul.

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As the Co-Founder of British Racecourses, I love the chance to share my enjoyment of racing with others. As a family, we have always loved the racing and went to Haydock races as kids, as often as we could. We are now lucky enough to own some fantastic racehorses who we will follow around the tracks and we have had some great wins. As part of British Racecourses, I enjoy visiting and reviewing the racecourses that we visit, all of which I think have something to offer and are brilliant in their own ways.