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Black, Alec (Sir) ( - 1942)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Associated Places:  Compton Park Stud, Sandley, Dorset; Compton Park Stud, Newmarket


The hard-working Alec Black built up his fortune by buying and building trawlers, which he placed at the disposal of the Government when war broke out in 1914, in which year he received his baronetcy. One of his first acts in racing was in 1917 when he bought The Panther for 3,600 Guineas. The reputation of this horse was so great that Sir Alec rather showily put him up for auction for 40,000 Guineas - there were no bids. The Panther's first race as a three-year-old was the 2000 Guineas which he won in a desperate finish; he may never have truly recovered since he was tenth in the Derby. Sir Alec also owned Tetrabbazia, the broodmare who bred Singapore, the St Leger winner who was bought by Lord Glanely as a yearling.

Always more interested in breeding than ownership, Sir Alec only raced in 1918, 1919 and 1921. His mares were kept at the Compton Park Stud in Dorset but later transferred to the stud of the same name which he formed in Newmarket; here he was successful enough to head the breeders' list in 1933 thanks to Columbo and Brown Betty. Hunting Song headed the list of stallions in New Zealand six times.

In 1931 Sir Alec disposed of his entire bloodstock. Two mares, Jennie Deans and Imagery were sold privately to Sir Victor Sassoon. Other horses went to Lord Glanely.

Sir Alec Black died in 1942 aged 69. In his will he left £50,000 to his manager, various annuities to others, and established a trust to buy 'the finest bed linen and down pillows' for hospitals in England and Scotland and to help his employees and Grimsby fishermen and dock-workers.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
The Panther   1919   (O)
Colombo   1934   (B)
1000 Guineas
Brown Betty   1933   (B)
Brown Betty   1933   (B)
St Leger
Singapore   1930   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Cheveley Park Stakes  Brown Betty   1932   (B)

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