A dominant force in British Flat racing and one of the all-time greats.
Sir Michael Stoute has been champion trainer ten times (between 1981 and 2009) and won every British Classic. He claimed his fifth victory in the Investec Derby with Workforce in 2010 and that colt went on to win the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris that season.
His other Derby winners have been Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kris Kin (2003) and North Light (2004). He has also trained five 2000 Guineas winners, two 1000 Guineas victors plus two Oaks winners.
Shergar famously won the 1981 Derby winner by a record 10 lengths before later being stolen and never found.
Stoute completed his full set of English Classics when Conduit landed the 2008 Ladbrokes St Leger.
In 2019, he achieved a record 80th Royal Ascot victory. His winners at the meeting include Estimate in the 2013 Gold Cup for Her Majesty The Queen.
His exploits around the world include scooping the Dubai World Cup, the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Japan Cup and the Hong Kong Vase. For good measure, he also trained Kribensis to win a Champion Hurdle for Sheikh Mohammed.
He was knighted in 1998, not for racing but for services to tourism in Barbados, where he was born and where his family have been based for 300 years.
He is a massive cricket fan and a friend of Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler and horseracing enthusiast.
The brilliant horses he has trained is endless with his best in recent years being Ulysses, winner of the Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International in 2017, plus Crystal Ocean, above, winner of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and King George.
Last year, Dream Of Dreams landed the Sprint Cup for him at Haydock. The victory came shortly after Coral Pritchard-Gordon, a popular figure in the Newmarket racing community and his long-term partner, died at the age of 73 after a long illness.