Born and raised in Dubai, Saeed bin Suroor is Godolphin’s longest-serving trainer, overseeing the training of horses since 1994. Saeed is one of Britain’s leading trainers collecting the first of four British trainers’ championships in his second year in charge, before following up in 1998, 1999 and 2004.
He has sent out 12 British Classic winners since 1995 headlined by Lammtarra and has saddled eight Dubai World Cup winners including the brilliant Dubai Millennium who won for Saeed and Godolphin in 2000 and most recently Thunder Snow in March 2018.
His other notable international wins include Sulamani’s victory in the Arlington Million in 2003, Daylami (1999) and Fantastic Light (2001) in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, while France’s top race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, was won by Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2002), as well as Lammtarra (1995).
Farhh, equally brilliant over a mile and over 10 furlongs, captured the Lockinge Stakes and the Champions Stakes in Great Britain in 2013. In October 2008, Saeed broke new ground with Godolphin’s first Group One winner in Australia when All The Good won the Caulfield Cup.
He has collected the Leading Trainers' title at the Dubai World Cup Carnival on eight occasions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).
In addition to his many horseracing awards, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed honoured Saeed for his services to horseracing at the 2015 UAE Pioneer Awards ceremony. Saeed also received the Local Trainer Award at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards in January 2018.
Saeed bin Suroor has had over 2,000 race wins globally including 184 Group One victories. Saeed trains from his home base of Al Quoz Stables in Dubai from November to April, and is based at Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, England, during the rest of the year.