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Rothschild, Leopold de (1845 - 1917)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Associated Places:  Southcourt Stud, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire


A patron of the turf for nearly forty years, Leopold de Rothschild raced for the love of the game. He is remembered chiefly for his colt St Frusquin, winner of the 2000 Guineas and runner-up in the Derby to the Royal colt Persimmon, who was his great rival in their racing seasons.

When Leopold de Rothschild achieved his great ambition of winning the Derby, in 1904 with St Amant, a terrific thunderstorm was raging. The proud owner, without a coat or any cover, was the happiest and wettest man on the course.

Leopold de Rothschild founded the Southcourt Stud near Leighton Buzzard, and in 1919 a graduate of this establishment , Galloper Light, was unable to compete in the Derby due to the death of his owner. However he won the Grand Prix de Paris for Leopold's son, Anthony de Rothschild.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
St Frusquin   1896   (O)
St Frusquin   1896   (B)
St Amant   1904   (O)
St Amant   1904   (B)
St Amant   1904   (O)
St Amant   1904   (B)
St Leger
Doricles   1901   (O)
Doricles   1901   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Grand Prix de Paris  Galloper Light   1919   (B)

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