Geoff Wragg (born January 9, 1930) was a Thoroughbred horse trainer who trained champion horses such as Teenoso and Jeune. He is the son of former jockey and trainer Harry Wragg, from whom he took over the licence at Abington Place, Newmarket in 1983 upon his father's retirement. Wragg retired in 2008 after 25 years of training. Part of Abington Place is currently being used by Jane Chapple-Hyam as a part of her training set up from 2009.
Other notable horses to have been trained by Wragg include Arcadian Heights, Most Welcome, Owington, First Island, First Trump, Pentire, Island House, Cassandra Go, Asian Heights and 2006 Derby runner up Dragon Dancer. Wragg was noted as targeting meetings like Chester's May Meeting and Glorious Goodwood with a great deal of success, most notably in handicaps with unexposed, improving three-year olds. He also had a great knack of getting the best of the fillies he trained, most notably the talented Marling, Balisada, Rebecca Sharp and Danceabout.
Wragg enjoyed classic success in his very first season as a trainer when Teenoso won the Epsom Derby under Lester Piggott in 1983. However, the closest Wragg would come to replicating Teenoso's win would be some 23 years later when the unconsidered 66/1 chance Dragon Dancer came within a short head of causing one of the biggest upsets in the race's history in a four way go to the line, narrowly losing out to Sir Percy. His 2001 contender, Asian Heights, well fancied after his last-to-first win in the Predominate Stakes at Goodwood, was cruelly robbed of his chance of running in the classic after splitting a pastern with just over a week to go before the big race.
Away from the Derby, Wragg failed to win another classic in the UK, though his talented filly Marling landed the 1992 Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh.
What could have been
One of the few faux pas Wragg made in his illustrious training career involved top class middle distance performer Pentire when he failed to enter the colt in the 1995 Epsom Derby, on the basis of a none too spectacular career a two. However, the colt went on to win all three of his trial races at Sandown, Chester, Goodwood, leaving Wragg stranded and without an entry for the Blue Riband event despite having a horse with leading claims on form.
Given that he finished half a length behind Lammtarra, eventual winner of the Epsom Derby that year, in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, he would surely have given Lammtarra something to think about at Epsom, but Wragg was forced to wait for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, which he won comfortably from future Ascot Gold Cup winner Classic Cliche.
Amongst his main band of owners were Anthony Oppenheimer, Far East businessman John Pearce and also Mollers Racing, formed after the deaths of brothers Eric and Ralph 'Budgie' Moller, who left behind a trust fund to keep their famous chocolate and gold silks in the game beyond their deaths. Moller Racing's horses were purchased by bloodstock agent John Ferguson in the main, following the sale of the Mollers' breeding establishment, White Lodge Stud, to Sheikh Mohammed. Notable purchases included First Island, Pentire and Swallow Flight.
Wragg's last winner was Convallaria on the 19th November 2008 at Kempton, the Cape Cross filly winning a low grade 0-55 for one of Wragg's original owners Claude Lilley.
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- Ascot Gold Cup - (1) - Arcadian Heights (1994)
- Cheveley Park Stakes - (1) - Marling (1991)
- Child Stakes - (1) - Inchmurrin (1988)
- Cork and Orrery Stakes - (1) - Owington (1994)
- Coronation Stakes - (3) - Marling (1992), Rebecca Sharp (1997), Balisada (1999)
- July Cup - (1) - Owington (1994)
- King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - (2) - Teenoso (1984), Pentire (1996)
- King's Stand Stakes - (1) - Cassandra Go (2001)
- Lockinge Stakes - (2) - Most Welcome (1989), First Island (1997)
- Middle Park Stakes - (1) - First Trump (1993)
- Nassau Stakes - (1) - Ela Romara (1988)
- Prince of Wales's Stakes - (1) - First Island (1996)
- Queen Anne Stakes - (1) - Nicolotte (1995)
- Sun Chariot Stakes - (2) - Braiswick (1989), Danceabout (2000)
- Sussex Stakes - (2) - Marling (1992), First Island (1996)
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- E. P. Taylor Stakes - (1) - Braiswick (1989)
Flag of France France
- Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud - (1) - Teenoso (1984)
- Prix d'Ispahan - (1) - Sasuru (1997)
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Cup - (1) - First Island (1996)
Flag of Republic of Ireland Ireland
- Irish 1,000 Guineas - (1) - Marling (1992)
- Irish Champion Stakes - (1) - Pentire (1995)
Flag of Italy Italy
- Premio Vittorio di Capua - (1) - Nicolotte (1995)
- McGrath, J A. Telegraph.co.uk Geoff Wragg retires with just one regret - failing to land the Oaks Found at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2633950/Geoff-Wragg-retires-with-just-one-regret-failing-to-land-the-Oaks-Horse-Racing.html