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Sullivan, Dan ( - 1940)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Description:

Dan Sullivan, a Dublin victualler, was born in about 1865. He was highly successful in Ireland as a breeder and racehorse owner, netting many Irish Classics at the Curragh. His home-bred mare Resplendent won two of them, and, trained by 'Atty' Henry Persse finished second in the Epsom Oaks. At Dan Sullivan's stud, Resplendent's third foal, a colt by Blandford, was so impressive in outlook and movement that Atty Persse advised the breeder to place a higher reserve than 1000 guineas on the colt when he went to the sales. Dan Sullivan changed his mind but did not tell Atty Persse who had been quite prepared to buy in the colt when the offers reached that sum. He was suprised when that future Derby winner, Windsor Lad, was knocked down to Marcus Marsh's bid of 1,300 gns, on behalf of the Maharaja of Rajpipla.

Dan Sullivan was a considerate and well respected horse master, who never failed to have a kindly word with teh grooms he encountered in the stable yards and sale rings.

Important successes:

Derby
Windsor Lad   1934   (B)
St Leger
Windsor Lad   1934   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Eclipse Stakes  Windsor Lad   1935   (B)
 

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