Roger Teal was introduced to racing by his mother, who trained point to pointers and then started to train under a permit licence.
As a youngster he rode successfully as an amateur on the Flat and jumps for John Jenkins and Phillip Mitchell before becoming assistant trainer to the latter and travelling around the world with stable star Running Stag.
He was then given the opportunity to start training in his own right in 2007 and spent a further nine seasons training in Epsom, where he enjoyed much success with such as Steele Tango, Cochabamba, Surrey Star, and Tigers Tale.
Towards the end of 2015, Teale and wife Sue relocated to Great Shefford where in 2016 they enjoyed their best season numerically to date with 20 winners under both codes in a calendar year from an average of 16 horses.
In 2018 he saddled Tip Two Win in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the colt belied odds of 50-1 by beating all bar Saxon Warrior.
Teal said: “I’m pinching myself. I was trying to watch it out the front (in the stands), but I didn’t bring my binoculars and I couldn’t see. All I could see was his white breast girth. When they came out of The Dip, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got a chance of winning the Guineas here!’
“When they flashed me, I was about 50 yards from the line and I was standing with [ITV commentator] Matt Chapman. I asked him: ‘Was I second in the Guineas?’ and he just said, ‘I don’t know’.
”It is amazing. This is what we dreamed of since [he won a Group 2 contest] in Qatar. We knew we had a decent animal. He’s a 50-1 shot, but he’s only 50-1 because he’s trained by me. If he’d been trained by Mr. Gosden, he’d have been 5-1. It is just a proud moment for us.”
He added: “We will look at the St James’s Palace Stakes and I guess we’ll take that on, or the Jersey Stakes. We will digest today and see what happens.
“It is amazing. I didn’t pitch him in here because we wanted a day out – we came here because we have a nice horse. I know the Doha form does not stack up, but this now proves it does. That was wonderful – what a little champion! He just never lets me down wherever I put him in. He’s always answered every question.
“I am just so proud of him. It is a big team effort and everyone at the yard has done such a fantastic job. They need to give themselves such a pat on the back. Getting a horse like him, I’m just blessed. We are in unknown territory and it feels good.
“I think Ascot is next. He loves fast ground. Thankfully the sun was with us today and the ground dried up. It is beautiful ground and I don’t think anyone can have any excuse with this ground. I’ve always said he has an amazing stride and he needs to use it on better ground.”
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