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Meux, Valerie Susie (Lady) (1856 - 1910)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Mr Theobalds

Associated Places:  Theobalds Park, Waltham Cross, Herts; Chateu de Sucy, France; Park Lane, London


Polite Society looked askance when, in 1878, Valerie Susan Langdon (who called herself an actress but was rumoured to work in a club of ill repute) married the wealthy brewery tycoon Sir Henry Bruce Meux. She was never accepted by his family or the circles in which they moved.

Lady Meux had horses in training with James Waugh, racing them under the assumed name of Mr Theobolds (Theobalds Park was one of the couple's fine residences). As an owner she was not greatly successful (she won the Sussex Stakes with Ardeshir in 1897) but she could have been the first lady to lead in her own home-bred Derby winner had she not leased her colt Volodyovski to a second and then a third party.

Racing was not Lady Meux's first love, however. She was a noted collector of Egyptian antiquities and had in her possession over 800 scarabs and amulets from the tombs of Abydos.

Important successes:

Volodyovski   1901   (B)

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