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John Dunlop
John Dunlop
Date of birth: 10 July, 1939
Started training: 1966
Base: Castle Stables, Arundel
Champion trainer: Once (1995)
English Classic wins: 10 (all except 2,000 Guineas)
2002 wins: 79
2001 wins: 107
2000 wins: 95

Dunlop is one of the most successful trainers in the business and churned out his 3,000th winner during the 2002 season.

That he made it to 2002 was an achievement in itself as he had been close to death the previous Christmas.

Dunlop suffered a burst aneurysm in his aorta and spent three weeks on the critical list in a Chichester hospital but happily made a full recovery and is now chasing yet more winners.

There have been plenty of those since Dunlop took out his trainer's licence in 1966.

He has collected 10 Classics, the most recent of which was with Millenary in the 2000 St Leger.

His haul includes two Derby victories - with Shirley Heights and Erhaab.

He has also won four of the five Irish Classics and collected numerous big race wins in France.

Dunlop has not retained a stable jockey since he parted with Australian Ron Hutchinson in 1977 but he has a regular association with another of Flat racing's stalwarts, Pat Eddery.

Several current trainers have learned their trade under Dunlop - Jeremy Noseda and Gerard Butler, along with Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford, have all worked as his assistants.

But Dunlop is showing no signs of wanting to stand aside for the younger brigade.

When he does, it is likely that his son Harry, who became assistant trainer to his father in 2002 after spell with Henry Cecil, will take over the reins.

Dunlop's other son, Ed, is already a successful trainer in his own right.


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