Michael Bell has been a licensed trainer since 1989 based at the historic yard of Fitzroy House, Newmarket for over 25 years. Fitzroy House is both one of the most picturesque and historic yards, not only in Newmarket but in the country. Built in the late 19th century, it has been home to two champion trainers, Marcus Marsh and Frank Butters, either side of the Second World War.
Since those early days, the yard has been expanded and now has a capacity for 91 horses. Situated in the heart of the town, it is ideally placed to make use of the extensive gallops available to Newmarket trainers. There are literally miles of all weather gallops and hundreds of acres of grass gallops.
Michael has now trained approaching 1400 winners. His most famous victory so far was Motivator’s triumph in the 2005 Epsom Derby and in 2009 Sariska won both the English and Irish Oaks and Art Connoisseur won Europes most prestigious sprint race, the group one Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. He has also enjoyed international success, including with his current 'flag bearer' Big Orange, who has won both the Princess of Wales Stakes and the Goodwood Cup in successive seasons and became a very well celebrated hero with his victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2017.