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Westminster (1st Duke of) (1825 - 1899)

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Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Hugh Lupus Grosvenor

Associated Places:  Eaton Stud, Chester

Description:

Tall, unbending and sparing of his undoubted charms, the 1st Duke of Westminster was the richest man in England in his day. He had a comprehesive knowledge of racing and breeding and was the only man to have been owner/breeder of two winners of the Triple Crown. He also bred the great mare Sceptre who came up for sale as a yearling after his death.

The Dukes horses were trained by Robert Peck, and, after his retirement, by John Porter at Kingsclere. Porter prepared Shotover and Ormonde, the latter the Duke's best horse.

The Duke won the 1881 2000 Guineas with Peregrine, but under the name of Mr Grosvenor due to his wife's death. His 1880 Derby win was questioned on the grounds that Bend Or had been confused in the stud with another horse named Tadcaster; the objection was over-ruled but the groom who had given evidence swore that it was true on his deathbed.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Peregrine   1881   (O)
Shotover   1882   (O)
Ormonde   1886   (B)
Ormonde   1886   (O)
Flying Fox   1899   (B)
Flying Fox   1899   (O)
Sceptre   1902   (B)
1000 Guineas
Farewell   1885   (B)
Farewell   1885   (O)
Sceptre   1902   (B)
Derby
Bend Or   1880   (B)
Bend Or   1880   (O)
Shotover   1882   (O)
Ormonde   1886   (B)
Ormonde   1886   (O)
Flying Fox   1899   (B)
Flying Fox   1899   (O)
Oaks
Sceptre   1902   (B)
St Leger
Ormonde   1886   (B)
Ormonde   1886   (O)
Flying Fox   1899   (B)
Flying Fox   1899   (O)
Sceptre   1902   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Champion Stakes  Bend Or   1881   (B)
Champion Stakes  Bend Or   1881   (O)
Champion Stakes  Ormonde   1886   (B)
Champion Stakes  Ormonde   1886   (O)
Hardwicke Stakes  Ormonde   1887   (B)
Hardwicke Stakes  Ormonde   1887   (O)
Eclipse Stakes  Flying Fox   1899   (B)
Eclipse Stakes  Flying Fox   1899   (O)
 
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