LONDON // Michael Jarvis, one of the principal trainers for Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid, has announced his retirement with immediate effect.
The Newmarket, England, handler has enjoyed an illustrious career as a trainer during the past 43 years, and has benefited from the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed, as well as his older brother Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid.
Jarvis, who will be 73 in August, has been recently treated for prostate cancer and has undergone heart surgery.
Jarvis saddled Ameerat to the win the English 1,000 Guineas for Sheikh Ahmed in 2001.
In the same year, he was also responsible for Morshdi, who won the Group 1 UAE Grosser Preis Von Baden in Germany and the Italian Derby from subsequent seven-time Group 1 victor Falbrav. Both horses were also bred by Sheikh Ahmed.
Jarvis also won the English Oaks at Epsom for Sheikh Hamdan in 2005 with Eswarah.
"I've had a lot of success with Sheikh Ahmed's horses over the last 20 years," Jarvis told The National yesterday.
"Ameerat was obviously the high point, but don't forget Morshdi, who won all over Europe for us."
Jarvis will hand over to Roger Varian, his assistant trainer, who will take the reins at Kremlin House stables, probably in time for the opening of the new British flat season, which starts at Doncaster on April 2.
"I shall relinquish my licence shortly, but there are quite a lot of details to work out," Jarvis said.
"Both Sheikh's are happy to continue their association with the stable, and are confident in Roger's abilities.
"He has been with me for 10 years and I am sure that he will be a success."