Michael Stoute, sport’s great survivor, has Desert Crown primed for Derby

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The trainer with an outstanding Epsom record behaves like Bear Grylls with a snake when the press are on the prowl

Shergar, Shahrastani and three more Derby winners have passed through Sir Michael Stoute’s stable over the last 50 years, as well as the winners of more than 100 Group One races. But he takes scarcely a moment to consider the options when asked to name his most memorable success. “Blue Cashmere in the [1973] Ayr Gold Cup,” he said at his Newmarket stable last week. “He paid some bills.”

It is a typically Stoutian response, one that would be familiar to any reporter on the racing beat over the past five decades. As would his standard reaction to a group of journalists pointing microphones in his direction, which is akin to the way Bear Grylls might treat an angry rattlesnake: edge backwards ever-so-slowly for a minute or two, and then make a run for it.

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Written by Greg Wood
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/03/michael-stoute-horse-racing-great-survivor-has-desert-crown-primed-for-the-derby under the title “Michael Stoute, sport’s great survivor, has Desert Crown primed for Derby”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.