Newmarket trainer Michael Jarvis has passed away this afternoon aged 73, after suffering from failing health over the last number of years.
The extremely popular trainer was based in Newmarket from 1968 up until he handed over the reigns to his assistant Roger Varian. From his base he sent out Arc winner Carroll House ,Classic-winning fillies Ameerat and Eswarah, along with the multiple Group 1 winner Ratki.
Richard Hills, who partnered Eswarah to her Oaks triumph in 2005, paid tribute to Jarvis.
He said: “Michael made work mornings fun and gave you a lot of confidence. My time with him was always fun and we were successful, which made it even better. That has been passed on to Roger [Varian]. A lot of the staff have been there years, it was just sort of like a family. It is a very sad day.”
In an interview with the Racing Post earlier this year Jarvis admitted that Ameerat’s win in the 1,000 Guineas in 2001 was his greatest moment in racing.
“It was on home ground here in Newmarket and it was my first Classic, but it was also for my best client. I later trained horses for the other Maktoum brothers, but Sheikh Ahmed was my mainstay.”