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Benson, Martin Henry (1880 - 1972)

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Martin Benson, who originally owned the Grand National winners Shaun Spadah and Sergeant Murphy before their Aintree triumphs, bought the ready made Derby winner Windsor Lad shortly after he was beaten in the Eclipse Stakes. His payment of £50,000 was money well spent, for the horse was never beaten again in six starts including the St Leger, Coronation Cup and Eclipse Stakes.

Martin Benson, a neat dapper character, was founder of a bookmaking firm called Douglas Stuart whose motto was 'Duggie Never Owes'. Benson owned the Beech House Stud in Newmarket and in 1938 he bought the great Italian champion Nearco for £60,000 to stand there. The horse founded a great male line which thrives to this day.

Important successes:

St Leger
Windsor Lad   1934   (O)

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