Formerly stable jockey to Pat Taylor and Stan Mellor, for six years apiece before turning freelance, Tony Carroll took out a public training licence in 1995 and, since 2006, has operated a mixed yard from purpose-built premises at Cropthorne Stud, near the market town of Pershore in Worcestershire.

In August, 2015, Carroll saddled four winners – Easydoesit (5/2), Pyrocumulus (5/1), Queen Aggie (14/1) and Essaka (6/1) – from five runners at Brighton for a memorable 2,204/1 four-timer. Indeed, that year he achieved 58 winners on the Flat, which was, at the time, his highest total ever. However, his most successful season, so far, came in 2018, when he saddled 61 winners on the Flat and won nearly £464,000 in prize money.

Big race successes have been few and far between, but Carroll has a couple of Listed race wins to his name, courtesy of Dijarvo in the Prix La Fleche at Maisons-Laffite in 2011 and Le Bacardy in the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase at Ayr in 2014. He also saddled Caspian Prince to win the Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’ at Epsom in 2014 and the Meydan Sobha Handicap at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates in 2015. More recently, two more valuable handicap victories have come his way, courtesy of Havana Beat in the Pinsent Handicap Hurdle at Aintree in 2018 and Recon Mission in the Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap at York in 2019.


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