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Astor, Waldorf (2nd Viscount) (1879 - 1952)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  2nd Viscount Astor

Associated Places:  Cliveden Stud

Description:

A man with a deep interest in social problems in spite of his own wealthy upbringing, Waldorf Astor inherited his title from his father in 1919. He was a boy when his father settled in England and bought his first horse whilst he was at Oxford - Conjure became the foundation of his Clivedon Stud and bred five winners including Winkipop and Concertina, and from her were descended Short Story, Pennycomequick, Manamead, High Stakes, Court Martial and Ambiguity, amongst others. Lord Astor bought another great mare, Popinjay, from Lord Rosebery, whose grandchildren included Pogrom, Book Law and the dam of Pay Up. His purchase of Sceptre's daughter Maid of the Mist was equally important, giivng him Sunny Jane and Craig an Eran.

Lord Astor had great success in The Oaks but had amazingly bad luck in the Derby, his horses coming second five times in seven years. His colours were light blue, pink sash and cap. These colours were inherited by his son, the 3rd Viscount, to whom he had given the Cliveden Stud, although his youngest son, Mr John Jacob Astor received a share of the bloodstock when he divided up his interests on retiring from the Turf. The latter played an important part in the racing world in his turn, whilst the 3rd Viscount also continued his father's interests.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Craig an Eran   1921   (B)
Craig an Eran   1921   (O)
Pay Up   1936   (B)
Pay Up   1936   (O)
Court Martial   1945   (B)
Court Martial   1945   (O)
1000 Guineas
Winkipop   1910   (B)
Winkipop   1910   (O)
Saucy Sue   1925   (B)
Saucy Sue   1925   (O)
Oaks
Sunny Jane   1917   (B)
Sunny Jane   1917   (O)
Pogrom   1922   (B)
Pogrom   1922   (O)
Saucy Sue   1925   (B)
Saucy Sue   1925   (O)
Short Story   1926   (B)
Short Story   1926   (O)
Pennycomequick   1929   (B)
Pennycomequick   1929   (O)
St Leger
Book Law   1927   (B)
Book Law   1927   (O)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Sussex Stakes, Goodwood  Winkipop   1910   (B)
Coronation Stakes  Winkipop   1910   (B)
Sussex Stakes, Goodwood  Winkipop   1910   (O)
Coronation Stakes  Winkipop   1910   (O)
Eclipse Stakes  Buchan   1919   (B)
Eclipse Stakes, Sandown  Buchan   1919   (B)
Eclipse Stakes  Buchan   1919   (O)
Doncaster Cup  Buchan   1920   (B)
Eclipse Stakes  Buchan   1920   (B)
Eclipse Stakes  Buchan   1920   (O)
Doncaster Cup  Buchan   1920   (O)
Eclipse Stakes  Craig an Eran   1921   (B)
Eclipse Stakes  Craig an Eran   1921   (O)
Coronation Stakes  Book Law   1927   (B)
Coronation Stakes  Book Law   1927   (O)
 

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