Sir Michael Stoute
Sir Michael Stoute is recognised as one of the most successful and charismatic trainers in flat racing. The son of the local chief of police, Stoute became fascinated by horse racing at an early age and spent much of his time watching the races at the local Garrison Savannah racetrack.
At the age of 19 Michael Stoute left Barbados to pursue his dream of a career in horse racing. His destination was England, where trainer Pat Rohan took Stoute under his wing as a pupil and apprentice. Following his apprenticeship Sir Michael Stoute went to work with trainers Doug Smith and Tom Jomes before getting the funds together to open his own stable in 1972.
Sir Michael Stoute achieved his first race success in the same year he set up his stable, winning at Newmarket with Sandal. It took another 6 years for Stoute to land his first major race when Fair Salinia triumphed in the 1978 Oaks. From that point on Sir Michael Stoute was virtually unstoppable.
In June of 1978 Sir Michael Stoute showed what he was capable of as a trainer by taking the Ascot Gold Cup with Shangamuzo. Although he has never managed to pick up another Ascot Gold Cup since, Stoute went on to win every single one of the prestigious Group 1 races at the
There are two Royal Ascot races this Royal Ascot legend has virtually marked as his own, having won the Coronation Stakes four times during his career, whilst also setting up a superb record of three wins from 2000-2002 in the Queen Anne Stakes. The Prince of Wales Stakes is another of Stoute’s favourites, with two of his runners having won the race.
With more than 2,500 wins to his name, including 13 English Classic wins and 45 Royal Ascot wins, Sir Michael Stoute lays claim to one of the best records of any trainer in the history of flat racing. His reputation has led to him working with some of the richest owners in the sport, and Stoute has trained horses for the Queen, Rothschilds and members of the middle-Eastern royal families.
Sir Michael Stoute was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados. Along with horse racing the Royal Ascot legend is passionate about cricket, and has even had a net installed at his Freemason Lodge training grounds.