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Butters, Frank Joseph Arthur (1878 - 1958)

Trainer (T)

Associated Places:  Stanley House,Newmarket, Fitzroy House, Newmarket


Frank Butters was Champion Trainer 8 times between 1927 and 1949. In addition to training the winners of 15 Classics in England he also trained Irish Derby winners Turkhan, Nathoo and Hindostan and Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe winner Migoli for the Aga Khan III.

Frank Butters was born in Austria, where his father Joseph rode and trained, and became a successful trainer there himself. During the 1914-18 war he was nominally interned, then trained in Italy before being given a 4 year contract as private trainer to the 17th Earl of Derby at Stanley House, Newmarket, becoming leading trainer in his first year there, 1927. When Lord Derby withdrew from racing for economic reasons, Butters leased the Fitzroy Stables in Newmarket as a public trainer. Here he trained for Mr A W Gordon and, later, the Aga Khan III and the 5th Earl of Durham. He considered Bahram to be the best horse he ever trained.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Bahram   1935   (T)
1000 Guineas
Fair Isle   1930   (T)
Bahram   1935   (T)
Mahmoud   1936   (T)
Beam   1927   (T)
Toboggan   1928   (T)
Udaipur   1932   (T)
Light Brocade   1934   (T)
Steady Aim   1946   (T)
Masaka   1948   (T)
St Leger
Fairway   1928   (T)
Firdaussi   1932   (T)
Bahram   1935   (T)
Turkhan   1940   (T)
Tehran   1944   (T)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Eclipse Stakes  Colorado   1927   (T)
Princess of Wales's Stakes  Colorado   1927   (T)
Eclipse Stakes  Fairway   1928   (T)
Champion Stakes  Fairway   1928   (T)
Champion Stakes  Fairway   1929   (T)
Jockey Club Stakes  Umidwar   1934   (T)
Champion Stakes  Umidwar   1934   (T)
Dewhurst Stakes, Newmarket  Bala Hissar   1935   (T)

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