Former Flat trainer Michael Jarvis dies aged 73

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  • Former Flat racehorse trainer Michael Jarvis has died aged 73.

    Mr Jarvis, who started training in 1968, died today (Tuesday 20 September) after suffering ill health.

    He retired from training in February after undergoing heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer, and handed over the reins of his Newmarket-based Kremlin House yard to assistant trainer Roger Varian.

    Among his many successes, Mr Jarvis was well known for his 1989 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe win with Carroll House, multiple Group 1 winner Rakti, 1000 Guineas winner Ameerat (2001) and Oaks winner Eswarah (2005).

    He leaves his wife Gay, and three daughters – Sarah, Lisa and Jackie.

    Figures from the racing industry – which is also in mourning for National Hunt trainer Ginger McCain who died on Monday – posted condolences on Twitter.

    “Racing loses a second great trainer in two days – Michael Jarvis, who won the Arc with Carroll House has died. The kindest and most lovely man,” wrote Clare Balding.

    Trainer Charlie Hills wrote: “Incredibly sad news to hear of the passing of a true legend Michael Jarvis. Condolences go to all his family and Roger Varian.”

    And jockey Nicky Mackay tweeted: “Very sad to hear the news that legendary trainer Michael Jarvis has passed. Huge sympathies to his family, racing has lost one of the best.”

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