The son of a farmer, Clive Cox was brought up in Somerset, England, and met his wife, Tina, while at school. They have two daughters, Lucy and Emily.
He got his first job in racing as apprentice jockey to Flat trainer Peter Cundell, but his increasing weight meant that he soon switched his attention to jumps racing.
Although he rode almost 100 winners, his biggest claim to fame as a jockey is having partnered Sacred Path, the favourite for the 1988 Grand National who fell at the first fence.
His final riding success, aboard Good For The Roses in a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot in March 1990, was also his first success as a trainer.
He initially trained at Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, although that venture only lasted for a single year before he quit to become assistant trainer to Mikey Heaton-Ellis at a yard at nearby Barbury Castle. When Heaton-Ellis died in 1999, Cox took over the licence.
He moved to his current residence, Beechdown Stables in Lambourn (which is owned by the former Champion Jump Jockey and TV pundit, John Francome) in May 2000. He managed to increase his number of winners for each of the next seven seasons and his personal best annual total is now 52, which he achieved in both 2009 and 2011.
His first big race success came in 2003 when New Seeker won the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot two years before he lifted the Royal Hunt Cup at the same meeting.
His first Pattern Race win came courtesy of Beacon Lodge in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury in October 2007 and three years later he broke his Group 1 duck when Gilt Edge Girl won the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October 2010.
He has gained a reputation for winning prestigious races with horses he bought cheaply as yearlings. New Seeker cost £24,000, Xtension (who won the Group 2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2009) cost £15,000 and Reckless Abandon, who notched a pair of Group 1 triumphs during his unbeaten two-year-old season in 2012, cost £24,000.
His first QIPCO British Champions Series victory came in the 2013 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, race three in the Sprint division, when he saddled Lethal Force who ran out an impressive two-length winner. The four-year-old followed up with a similarly impressive front-running performance in the Darley July Cup, the next Series sprint, breaking the track record.
Cox enjoyed a giddy time at Royal Ascot in 2016, winning the King’s Stand Stakes with Profitable before saddling My Dream Boat to land the Prince of Wales’s Stakes 24 hours later.
And in 2017 he has hit the heights with Harry Angel, the three-year-old colt landing the Darley July Cup and 32Red Sprint Cup after finishing runner-up in the Commonwealth Cup.