Jean-Claude Rouget is the son of leading trainer Claude Rouget. After spells in England working for Ian Balding and Paul Cole and in France in the employ of Freddie Palmer, he set up as a trainer in Pau, southwest France, in 1978 and, initially concentrating over jumps, soon developed a knack for training winners.
He has been one of the most successful trainers in France for the past three decades.
When champion, in 2009, he scooped three of the five French classics, the French Derby, 1000 Guineas and Oaks.
He relishes having runners in Britain and has enjoyed some giddy days in Champions Series races.
In 2015, he landed the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot with Ervedya and he returned 12 months later to land it with Qemah.
The following year, Almanzor and La Cressionaire shone for him. The former won the QIPCO Champion Stakes, at the main expense of Arc winner Found, after earlier wins in the French Derby and Irish Champion Stakes.
It is little wonder he was the highest-rated horse in Europe.