John Gosden, British Flat trainer

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John Gosden is a British racehorse trainer, born on 30 March 1951 in Sussex. His father, Towser Gosden, was also a renowned trainer.

After graduating from Cambridge, John became assistant trainer to Noel Murless, followed by a stint with Vincent O’Brien in Ireland.

He then moved to California where he was assistant to Tommy Doyle.

In 1979 he took out a licence to train in his own right in America.

Among other major wins, he claimed the Hollywood Turf Cup three times, the Yellow Ribbon Stakes twice and the Ramona Handicap twice.

John moved back to England in 1989, training first at Stanley House Stables in Newmarket, followed by a stint at Manton in Wiltshire before moving back to Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket.

Having trained over 2,000 winners in England since 1989, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Raven’s Pass, the Derby with Benny The Dip, the King George with Nathaniel, the 1,000 Guineas with Lahan and the St.Leger four times (Shantou, Lucarno, Arctic Cosmos and Masked Marvel), he is considered to be one of the most successful trainers of his generation.

He is married to lawyer Rachel Hood.

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