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Beresford, William Leslie de la Poer (Lord) (1847 - 1900)

Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Fighting Bill


The third son of the Reverend John de la Poer, the 4th Marquess of Waterford, Lord William Beresford won the Victoria Cross for the rescue of an N.C.O. in the face of enemy hordes in the Zulu War at Ulindi in 1879. His brother Lord Marcus Beresford was an adviser on bloodstock matters to Edward VII and King George V, but William himself was no stranger to success on the turf. His filly Sibola won the 1000 Guineas and was runner-up in the Oaks. Had he lived for another year he could have added Volodyovski's Derby, as he had leased that colt from Lady Meux.

Lord William Beresford also owned Democrat, a leading two-year-old in 1899, who had the beating of Diamond Jubilee, the Triple Crown winner. Democrat did not train on and eventually became Lord Kitchener's charger in India.

Important successes:

1000 Guineas
Sibola   1899   (O)

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