Sir Michael Stoute – Trainer Profile

Sir Michael Stoute
Circuit: UK and Ireland
Date of Birth:
Newmarket, England
UK and Ireland
Notable Horses:
Hillstar, Telescope, Integral
Titles Awarded:
Champion Trainer (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009)
Biggest Wins:
  • £340,909: Pattison Canadian International Stakes (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf) –  Oct 19, 2014
  • £120,962: Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) –  Jun 21, 2014
  • £113,420: Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) –  Oct 4, 2014

About Sir Michael Stoute

68-year-old Sir Michael Stoute is one of the all-time great British racehorse trainers and seems as keen to win more big races during 2014 and beyond as he has been since taking out a licence way back in 1972.

Stoute was actually born and raised in Barbados where his father was Chief of Police, but moved to live in England in the mid-1960’s where he learned his trade under the guidance of Pat Rohan at Malton in North Yorkshire. Stoute’s rise to the top of the training tree was fairly meteoric and he landed his first classic success with the high-class Fair Salinia in 1978 before setting the world of sport abuzz with the stunning wide-margin victor of the great Walter Swinburn-ridden Shergar in the 1981 Epsom Derby, which he quickly followed with wins in the Irish Derby and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

When Shergar, owned and bred by the Aga Khan, retired to stud at the end of that season he was set to potentially become one of the world’s top stallions, only to be kidnapped and subsequently murdered by the IRA in a case that still has conspiracy theorists arguing quite what happened.

Stoute however was already on a roll and would over the next three decades be associated with some of the best horses of the time; Shahrastani, Shadeed, King’s Best, Ajdal, Pilsudski, Singspiel, Green Desert, Golan, Harbinger, Kalanisi, Zilzal, Islington, Conduit, Workforce, and many more.

In all Stoute has won the Epsom Derby five times, the 2000 Guineas five times, a further five British classics, 11 Irish classics, six Breeders’ Cup races in the U.S., the Dubai World Cup, and dozens of races at the showcase Royal Ascot meeting in a glittering career.

The softly-spoken Stoute is not a man who craves the limelight and is often reluctant to say too much to the press. His decades-long battle with the late Sir Henry Cecil for supremacy in the British Flat racing sphere saw the Barbadian crowned Champion Trainer 10 times – first in 1981, and most recently in 2009 – while he was knighted for his contribution to sport back in 1998.

He is equally adept at training colts and fillies – something not always the cases even with top trainers – and has also proven his ability to handle speedball sprinters, milers, middle-distance performer and stayers with top-notch success across the board.

2013 was numerically a better season for Stoute than the previous two and the Newmarket-based handler could be set for a very good time of things this year with some promising younger horses in his care.

For punters, it is well worth noting that Stoute has a particularly good percentage strike rate at Chepstow (75%), Beverley (47%),   Newcastle (44%), and Thirsk (33%), whilst it is always worth noting his runners when they are partnered by jockeys such as Richard Hughes (28%), James Doyle (24%), stable jockey Ryan Moore (20%), and Paul Hanagan (20%) [1].