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Purefoy, William Bagwell (Captain) (1862 - 1930)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Captain Wilfred Purefoy; Wicked Wilfred; Pure

Associated Places:  Greenfields, Tipperary; Druids Lodge


Captain Purefoy was a leading member of the Druid's Lodge confederacy, a group of five owners who trained at Druid's Lodge near Salisbury in great secrecy, thereby bringing off some spectacular betting coups. Purefoy had a network of professional commission agents that he used to place bets, as well as people with no known connection to racing, such as a Birmingham station-master and a parish priest, who could place money without the news getting back to the course.

Purefoy went to Harrow and Sandhurst, and after a career in the cavalry, established a large racing stud at his family seat, Greenfields, Tipperary. To finance this and his love of fishing and travelling he embarked on a number of business interests, including acting as a West End theatre impresario, investing in the stock market, acting as a director of Kempton Park racecourse and being a director of a safety razor company. This business experience was put to good use in the planning and execution of the Druid's Lodge coups.

Amongst the coups masterminded by the Confederacy was one by Lally, whom Purefoy had bred himself.

Important successes:

Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Royal Hunt Cup  Lally   1907   (B)
Eclipse Stakes  Lally   1907   (B)
Royal Hunt Cup  Lally   1907   (O)
Eclipse Stakes  Lally   1907   (O)

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