Michael was born in February 1984, and was brought up in The Cotswolds. As youngsters, Michael and his older brother Tom were keen pony club riders and enjoyed show jumping and one day events. His father Peter was assistant trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies, and it was here the family remained until moving to Eccleswall Court in 2003.
Previous to training racehorses, Michael was a keen rugby player. He played for Gloucester Academy and Wales U19 which included a Five Nations tournament with England, France, Ireland and Italy and a World cup in Paris. He was later a rugby professional for two seasons with Ebbw Vale and played for Gwent Dragons U21.
Over the years, Michael has worked / ridden out for numerous trainers, including Nigel Twiston-Davies, Dennis Caro, James Fanshawe and Martin Pipe, where valuable experience has been gained along the way.
Training started at Eccleswall Court in 2005, when Michael’s grandfather, Michael senior, took out his licence once again. Michael worked with his father, assisting Michael senior with the training of the yard’s horses. During this time the yard had a few big wins including Heltornic at Wetherby and Haydock, and The Wicketkeeper winning a listed race at Ascot.
Michael took over the trainers licence from his grandfather in April 2008, following a season as an amateur jockey, winning 4 races. On 30th May he saddled his first winner; Directa’s Digger on the flat at Haydock. On 25th August he saddled his first national hunt winners at Huntingdon, a double, with Dark Energy and Fourpointone. He has since gone on to train many winners under both codes. He has trained horses such as Monbeg Dude (2 time Cheltenham winner, Welsh National Winner and 4th, Hennessey 4th, and an incredible Grand National 3rd) and Next Sensation (Cheltenham Festival winner 2015)