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Michael Tabor (flat)Michael Tabor (flat)
Nationality: British
Number of Horses: Over 100
Regular Trainers: Aidan O’Brien, David Wachman (Ireland), Michael Bell, Gerard Butler, Andrew Balding, David Elsworth, Jeremy Noseda, Sir Michael Stoute, Simon Callaghan (Britain)
Andre Fabre, J Hammond (France) P Biancome, P Byrne, N Drysdale, T Pletcher (USA) L Freedman, Gai Waterhouse (Australia)
Regular Jockeys: Johnny Murtagh

Racing Background
  • Michael Tabor first set foot in the business world when, with borrowed money, he purchased two Arthur Prince betting shops from their owner who had become bankrupt.
  • It wasn’t long until his enterprise began to see success. With the profits he started to accumulate, Michael bought his first racehorse, Tornado Prince, for £2,850 in 1973.
  • Tornado Prince carried Michael’s colours to their first victory at Haydock Park in 1965.
  • Michael continued to buy several Jump horses in the early 1990s, including the classy hurdler, Royal Derbi, who at the time was his best-known horse.
  • In 1994, Michael employed Demi O’Byrne of Coolmore Stud to find a horse for him to race in the USA. He found a two-year-old colt called Thunder Gulch, which Michael bought for $475,000. This horse was to be the making of Michael as an owner, as in 1995 he won the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes and the Travers Stakes – three of the USA’s biggest races.
  • Later that year Michael went to Keeneland Sales in the USA where he bought five horses, including a filly which topped the sale at $1.25million.
  • Soon after, he sold his chain of 114 Arthur Prince shops to Coral for a reported £27million and subsequently continued to invest money in top-class racehorses.
  • Michael continued to build a close relationship with two of Ireland’s major players in the racing world, J P McManus and John Magnier, owner of the global breeding operation Coolmore. Many of Michael’s horses were bought in partnership with John’s wife, Sue.
  • He became the owner of some of the world’s best Flat racehorses, amongst them; Desert King, winner of the 1997 Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby; Entrepreneur, winner of the Pertemps 2,000 Guineas; Montjeu, winner of the 1999 Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe; and more recently, the incredible Giant’s Causeway who won a string of Group 1 races, was second in the USA’s Breeders’ Cup Classic and never finished lower than second in any of his races.
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