Alain de Royer-Dupre
Aged 67, Alain de Royer-Dupre trains at Chantilly in France, where his principal owner is HH the Aga Khan. Began training in Normandy in 1972, and his success there caused him to be asked to move to Chantilly to become first trainer to the Aga Khan, following the death of Francois Mathet in 1981.
He was champion trainer in France in 2008, and has won multiple group races in his career, in nine countries on four continents around the world, and just about every major group race in his native France. Recently horses such as Dalakhani (2003 Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe) and Zarkava, who retired unbeaten at the end of the 2008 season with five Group 1 victories (including the 2008 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe), have kept his name to the fore. In 2007 he trained Darjina to win three Group I races, the French 1000 Guineas, the Prix d’Astarte and the Prix du Moulin.
In 2010 he became the first French trainer ever to land the Melbourne Cup, when he sent Americain to Australia to win that country’s most famous race.