Telegraph award for Sir Michael Stoute
Sir Michael Stoute, champion Flat trainer 10 times and synonymous with some of the greatest horses of the past 40 years, was last night named as the recipient of the Daily Telegraph Award of Merit at the Cartier Awards for a lifetime of achievement in the sport.
Stoute, 72, has won 15 British Classics, including the Derby five times. Around the world, his Group One victories have included a Dubai World Cup with Singspiel, who also won a Japan Cup as did Pilsudski. Stoute has also won seven Breeders’ Cup races in America.
Born in Barbados next door to the island’s racecourse at Garrison
Savannah, Stoute originally harboured hopes of making a career as a commentator and left for Britain, aged 19, and although he made the final six for a racing position at the BBC, he lost out to Julian Wilson, who subsequently became a great friend. Instead, he became assistant trainer to Pat Rohan in Malton before moving to Newmarket.
In 1972, he set up on his own with 15 horses. Sandal, owned by his father, became his first winner. Fair Salinia gave him a first Classic in the 1978 Oaks and the rest, including Estimate’s famous Gold Cup victory for the Queen in 2013, have followed. With Ulysses picking up this year’s Cartier Older Horse award, there is no sign of his career slowing.
Winner on merit: The lifetime achievements of Sir Michael Stoute were recognised