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Michael Stoute

Sir Michael Ronald Stoute (born 22 October 1945 in Barbados) is a Barbadian British thoroughbred horse trainer in flat racing. Stoute, whose father was the Chief of police for Barbados, left the island in 1964 at the age of 19 to become an assistant to trainer Pat Rohan and began training horses on his own in 1972. His first win as a trainer came on 28 April 1972 when Sandal, a horse owned by Stoute’s father, won at Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk, England.[1] Since then, he has gone on to win races all over the globe, including victories in the Dubai World Cup, the Breeders Cup, the Japan Cup and the Hong Kong Vase.[2]

He was knighted in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados.[1] He was the only trainer in the 20th century to win an English Classic in five successive seasons[3] and has been Champion Trainer ten times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009)[1][4]. He was the trainer for Kribensis, who is the only horse to have won the Triple Crown of Hurdling, doing so in the 1989/90 racing season. Stoute also trained Shergar, arguably his most famous horse, who won the 1981 Epsom Derby and was later stolen, presumably by the IRA.[5]

In 2009, three horses trained by Stoute, Conduit, Tartan Bearer and Ask, pulled off a rare feat when the tio of horses made a clean sweep of the placings at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In all, the horses took home $1,787,000 of the $2,008,945 prizemoney in Britain's richest horserace.[6] Those wins helped him regain his Champion Trainer title in 2009, winning a total of £3,372,287 in prize money.[7]

Stoute currently resides and trains horses at the Freemason Lodge Stables in Newmarket, England.[1]

Major wins

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  • 1,000 Guineas - (2) - Musical Bliss (1989), Russian Rhythm (2003)
  • 2,000 Guineas - (5) - Shadeed (1985), Doyoun (1988), Entrepreneur (1997), King's Best (2000), Golan (2001)
  • Coronation Stakes - (4) - Sonic Lady (1986), Milligram (1987), Exclusive (1998), Russian Rhythm (2003)
  • Eclipse Stakes - (5) - Opera House (1993), Ezzoud (1994), Pilsudski (1997), Medicean (2001), Notnowcato (2007)
  • International Stakes - (5) - Shardari (1986), Ezzoud (1993 & 1994), Singspiel (1997), Notnowcato (2006)
  • July Cup - (3) - Marwell (1981), Green Desert (1986), Ajdal (1987)
  • Lockinge Stakes - (7) - Scottish Reel (1986), Safawan (1990), Soviet Line (1995 & 1996), Medicean (2001), Russian Rhythm (2004), Peeress (2006)
  • Nassau Stakes - (7) - Triple First (1977), Optimistic Lass (1984), Kartajana (1990), Hawajiss (1994), Islington (2002), Russian Rhythm (2003), Favourable Terms (2004)
  • Oaks - (2) - Fair Salinia (1978), Unite (1987)
  • Sussex Stakes - (3) - Sonic Lady (1986), Zilzal (1989), Among Men (1998)
  • Yorkshire Oaks - (9) - Fair Salinia (1978), Sally Brown (1985), Untold (1986), Hellenic (1990), Pure Grain (1995), Petrushka (2000), Islington (2002 & 2003), Quiff (2004)

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  • Prix de l'Opéra - (4) - Royal Heroine (1983), Bella Colora (1985), Petrushka (2000), Zee Zee Top (2003)

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  • Irish Oaks - (6) - Fair Salinia (1978), Colorspin (1986), Unite (1987), Melodist (1988, dead heat), Pure Grain (1995), Petrushka (2000)

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  • Japan Cup - (2) - Singspiel (1996), Pilsudski (1997)

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sir Michael Stoute: NTRA Profile, ntra.com, accessed 20 Feb 2010.
  2. Sir Michael Stoute: Profile, epsom-derby.net, accessed 20 February 2010.
  3. BBC website article about Sir Michael Stoute
  4. Sporting Chronicle list of British Champion Trainers
  5. The truth about Shergar racehorse kidnapping, telegraph.co.uk, 27 January 2008, accessed 20 February 2010.
  6. Michael Stoute makes clean sweep in King George Stakes, theaustralian.news.com.au, 27 July 2009, accessed 6 August 2009.
  7. Sir Michael Stoute: Go Racing Profile, britishhorseracing.com, accessed 20 February 2010.

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