Michael Jarvis

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This article refers to a race horse trainer. For other people by this name, see Michael Jarvis (disambiguation).

Michael Jarvis (14 August 1938 – 20 September 2011) was a Thoroughbred horse trainer in England. Based in Newmarket, Jarvis trained numerous Group One winners including three winners of the British Haydock Sprint Cup. Jarvis's horses also won important races in Ireland, Germany and Italy. He kept approximately 80 horses in training, and his main jockey was Philip Robinson.[1] Jarvis's career spanned almost 40 years from his first win at the top-rated Haydock Sprint Cup in 1969 to his 2007 win of the Italian Premio Roma.

He announced his decision to retire on 22 February 2011 with almost immediate effect, handing over the yard to his long-time assistant Roger Varian. This was due to ill health – Jarvis had undergone surgery for a heart condition and was also suffering from prostate cancer, and said in the months running up to his retirement that his health had deteriorated.

Major wins[edit]

France France

United Kingdom Great Britain

Republic of Ireland Ireland

Germany Germany

Italy Italy


  1. ^ "Michael Jarvis". British Horseracing. Referenced 14 February 2008.