1994 – HOH MAGIC – The Prix Morny (Group 1)
This was a “magic moment” for several reasons, but primarily because it was Michael’s first Group One winner. Hoh Magic put up a spectacular display to beat the colts and in the process became champion two year old filly for 1994 as she had already won a Listed and Group Three that year.
1993 – ANCESTRAL DANCER – Italian 1000 Guineas (Group 1)
After only four years with a licence Michael saddled his first classic winner when Ancestral Dancer won stylishly in Rome. She was owned by some extremely enthusiastic owners “Innlaw Racing” who were a collection of London based Barristers. There were days of celebrations and the Romans were made aware that the victory had gone abroad!
1989 – PASS THE PEACE – The Fred Darling Stakes (Group 3)
With Pass the Peace’s victory in this Group Three race Michael joined an exclusive list of trainers whose first winner was Group winner. It was a high pressure day for the fledgling trainer as he had taken over the training of this filly, which was owned by his father Brian Bell when he set up training. Very much in the public eye, as Pass the Peace was an exceptional two year old for her previous trainer Paul Cole, it was a huge relief for all her connections when the filly spread eagled her field.