was born in Sussex, England on March 30, 1951.
Gosden's father, John 'Towser' Gosden was a well known trainer who died
in 1967. Gosden wasn't immediately drawn to the world of horse racing.
After school he went to Cambridge University where he read Economics.
After he graduated, he moved to Venezuela where he worked in land
He returned to England and immediately went to work for Noel Murless as
an assistant. He stayed with the legendary Murless until he retired and
then moved to Ireland where he worked for Vincent O'Brien, also as an
assistant. He then moved to California to assist Tommy Doyle.
In 1979 he acquired his American horse training license. He trained two
Eclipse Award winners; Bates Motel (Handicap Horse) 1983 and Royal
heroine (Turf Mare) 1984. He moved back to England in 1988 and set up
business at Stanley House Stables in Newmarket. He gained his first
British Classic victory in 1996 when Shantou crossed the line first in
the St Leger Stakes. In 1997 he accomplished the win of all trainers'
fantasies...the Epsom Derby with Benny the Dip.
In 1999 he moved to
Robert Sangster's Manton complex. He started off the 2000 season with a
big win at the 1000 Guineas with Lahan. In 2005 he decided to return to
Newmarket and is now training from the Clarehaven Stables.
Gosden is married to Rachel Hood who is the vice president of the
Racehorse Owners' Association.
John Gosden - 10 Notable Horses Trained
Benny the Dip
Lord of Men
Lee FreedmanGai WaterhouseMike BassLuca CumaniJeremy NosedaDavid FerrarisBarry HillsBobby Frankel