Also Known As: 2nd Viscount Astor
Associated Places: Cliveden Stud
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.