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Wavertree, William (1st Lord) (1856 - 1933)

1st Lord William Wavertree
1st Lord William Wavertree
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Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Col Hall Walker

Associated Places:  Tully, Ireland,Russley Park, Wilts,Tarporley, Cheshire


The 1st Lord Wavertree received his peerage in 1919 and in that year was elected to the Jockey Club. He was the son of a former Mayor of Liverpool, and from a rich Lancashire brewing family (his father gave Liverpool the Walker Art Gallery).

Hall-Walker, as he was formerly known, won the Grand National in 1896 (but did not win in 1921 when All White's rider stopped to be sick at the Canal Turn!) In 1907 he leased six of his yearlings to Edward VII, amongst whom was Minoru - he was returned after his racing career. He bought Black Cherry who bred many winners, including Cherry Lass and the dam of Night Hawk.

Hall-Walker set great store by astrology, both for his personal life and for his horses - they must have been particularly misleading when they suggested that he part with the best colt he ever bred, Prince Palatine.

In 1902 Wavertree bought the Tully Stud. In 1916 he sold it and his training stables in Wiltshire to the nation, and gave all his bloodstock, with a view to improving cavalry horses. This became the National Stud, now at Newmarket.

Lord Wavertree could have a somewhat inflated view of his horses' ability and when they failed to live up to it, blamed the jockeys and trainers. His trainers tended not to last for long.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Minoru   1909   (B)
1000 Guineas
Cherry Lass   1905   (B)
Cherry Lass   1905   (O)
Witch Elm   1907   (O)
Witch Elm   1907   (B)
Minoru   1909   (B)
Cherry Lass   1905   (O)
Cherry Lass   1905   (B)
St Leger
Prince Palatine   1911   (B)
Night Hawk   1913   (O)
Night Hawk   1913   (B)
Grand National
The Soarer   1896   (O)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Eclipse Stakes  Prince Palatine   1912   (B)
Ascot Gold Cup  Prince Palatine   1912   (B)
Ascot Gold Cup  Prince Palatine   1913   (B)

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