Saeed Bin Suroor – Trainer Profile

Saeed Bin Suroor Trainer
Saeed Bin Suroor  UK horse trainer
Trainer License: Flat & Jumps
Date of Birth:
Newmarket, England & Dubai, UAE
Trainer License:
Flat & Jumps
Notable Horses:
Hunter’s Light, Sulamani, Dubai Millennium
Titles Awarded:
British Champion Trainer  1996, 1998, 1999, 2004
Biggest Wins:
  • 1,000 Guineas (Cape Verdi) – 1998, (Kazzia) – 2002
  • 2,000 Guineas (Mark of Esteem) – 1996, (Island Sands) – 1999
  • Ascot Gold Cup (Classic Cliche) – 1996, (Kayf Tara) – 1998, 2000, (Papineau) – 2004, (Colour Vision) – 2012

About Saeed Bin Suroor

Saeed Bin Suroor Trainer

Saeed Bin Suroor – Trainer

A glance at the statistics chart for British trainers during the 2015 season reveals that none achieved a higher percentage of winners than Godolphin stalwart Saeed bin Suroor, whose horses won a remarkable 27% of the races in which they competed in Britain last season.

That’s a higher percentage than champion trainer John Gosden (23%), fellow Godolphin handler Charlie Appleby (23%), and William Haggas, next in the list, at 21%.

So, what is it that bin Suroor does in order to achieve such impressive results? Well, almost certainly he is very adept at placing his horses in the right races and at particularly tracks that suit each individual’s style of racing; note the statistics at the end of this article.

Bin Suroor has been a permanent fixture on the British racing scene for two decades, during which he has trained some of the most famous horses of the era and won most of the big races his boss, Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, has so desired.

Early Beginnings

His first British Group 1 success came when Moonshell landed the 1995 Oaks at Epsom, just a day before her legendary stable companion Lamtarra won the Epsom Derby before going on to crown a stellar season with victories in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot and a stunning success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris, a race Bin Suroor also won in 2001 with Sakhee, and 2002 with Marienbard [1].

Best Horses and Wins

In all, the 47-year-old former police officer has won 12 British classics, 4 French classics, 4 Irish classics and many more Group 1 races around the world.

Amongst the most famous horses to have been trained by bin Suroor are Dubai Millennium, Daylami, Kayf Tara, Cape Cross, Fantastic Light, Street Cry, Sulamani, Moon Ballad, Refuse to Bend, Dubawi, Shamardal, Electrocutionist, Campanologist, African Story, Hunter’s Light and Farrhh.

Bin Suroor vs Mahmood al Zarooni

Apart from a couple of years when the subsequently disgraced Godolphin trainer Mahmood al Zarooni appeared to some observers to have found greater favor with Sheikh Mohammed, bin Suroor has been a consistently a successful trainer, although he has yet to deliver his patron the one big race he truly covets – the Epsom Derby. Lamtarra won for bin Suroor, but he was not owned by the Sheikh.

Based in Newmarket for two decades and four times the champion trainer, bin Suroor is a popular racing figure and his gentlemanly manner and modest conduct have genuinely endeared him to British racegeoers as well as many others around the world.

2015 Season

The 2015 season saw his horses return to recording the kind of strike rate that had been absent in the previous three or four seasons. The early signs in 2016 are that bin Suroor – spurred on by the challenge from the excellent Charlie Appleby, also based in Newmarket and training for Sheikh Mohammed – is going to have another very good year.

His horses have already been in good form during the Dubai Carnival and there is no reason to believe they should not hit the ground running at the start of the British Flat season, ahead of the classic and Group 1 events throughout the racing calendar.

Stats and Form

Cavalry Man winning

Cavalry Man – Horse

Over the last five seasons bin Suroor has a notable 45% winning strike rate with his runners at Bath:

  • 44% at Brighton
  • 39% at Windsor
  • 37% at Wolverhampton
  • 35% at Thirsk
  • 30% on Lingfield’s all-weather track

Best Jockeys

James Doyle and William Buick are Godolphin’s contracted riders and have respectively achieved winning percentages of 28% and 25% on bin Suroor’s horses, but surprisingly from a percentage point of view it is apprentice Alistair Rawlinson, whose seven rides for the yard have resulted in an astonishing 5 winners at 71%, who tops the statistical table.

Other jockeys to note when teaming up with ‘The Boys in Blue’ are Ryan Moore, rarely used but with a 57% strike rate, Kevin Stott (32%), Dane O’Neill (29%), Fredericki Tylicki (28%) and Oisin Murphy (26%).

Stable Tour 2016

Horses to bet on trainer Saeed bin Suroor for 2016 season [2]:

Cavalryman – Ready to return into competition in 2016 after a break.

Excellent Result – On an upward slope in his stats and form, had a little misfortune in the Sheema Classic but more wins are expected this season.

Windhoek – Fine performance in the Winter Derby as runner up.

Ihtimal – Expect great wins from this philly that performed well in the 1,000 Guineas.

True Story – A great runner at Epsom during the Dante and could be a great favorite for trainer Kieren Fallon.

Winter Thunder – Uderperfomed during his debut race, but should increase performance on the 10f races.


[1], Saeed Bin Suroor Godolphin Profile, 2016

[2], Saeed Bin Suroor Stable Tour, 2016