March 1996 will never be forgotten by racing fans in Cork when Fergie’s horse Imperial Call won the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup as the ‘The Banks Of My Own lovely Lee’ sounded around the Cotswolds.
Fergie Sutherland trained Imperial Call to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March 1996.
He moved from his stables in Newmarket in 1963 to Carrigadrohid Co Cork mainly due to his love for hunting and fishing.
Fergie’s first winner was in 1968 when a horse named Primrose Rosy ridden then by then top apprentice Christy Roche when she won at Limerick.
Fergie has his leg blown off during the Korean war of 1950 where he was Lieutenant with the Fifth Dragoon Guards part of the Commonwealth division.
Sutherland retired from training horses in 1998.