Michael Jarvis, a prominent veteran English trainer, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the age of 73, according to the Racing Post. He had been retired since February.
Jarvis trained such successful runners as 1989 Ciga Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Carroll House and 2005 Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Eswarah, plus other European group I winners Ameerat, Holding Court, and Rakti.
According to the Post, Jarvis had undergone heart surgery and was treated for prostate cancer before handing over the reins to his assistant Roger Varian.
“He was a wonderful man, an inspiration not just to me, but to a lot of people, and I think his training exploits go without saying,” Varian said. “Everyone knows what a good racehorse trainer he was.”
One of Jarvis’ early runners, So Blessed, won the 1968 July Cup and two other stakes and was England’s champion sprinter. The following year, another of Jarvis’ charges, Tudor Music, also captured the July Cup and two other English stakes.
Carroll House was a French champion the year of his Arc win. During his career, he also was a champion in England, Ireland, and Germany.
Holding Court’s biggest win also came in France, the colt capturing the 2000 Emirates Airline Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I).
In an interview with the Post this year, Jarvis recalled Ameerat’s win in the 2001 Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) for Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum as his fondest racing memory.
“It was on home ground here in Newmarket, and it was my first classic, but it was also for my best client,” he said. “I later trained horses for the other Maktoum brothers, but Sheikh Ahmed was my mainstay.”
Jarvis is survived by his wife, Gay, and daughters Jackie, Sarah, and Lisa.