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Greer, Joseph Henry (Captain) (1855 - 1934)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Captain Sir Henry Greer


Captain (later Sir) Henry Greer will be remembered in Turf history as the owner of the stallion Gallinule. Despite being a bleeder and a roarer and to all intents and purposes doomed to failure at stud, Gallinule became one of the most important sires the racing world has ever known.

Henry Greer (who was never known by his first name, Joseph) was born in Co Tyrone, educated at Wellington and joined the 7th Highlanders after military college. After fifteen years in the Army - most of his service being in India - his association with the Turf began in 1889, when he registered his colours. Samuel Darling Snr trained for him and sent out two Classic winners, one of which (Wildfowler) he owned in partnership with the Captain.

Captain Greer was elected to the Stewardship of the Jockey Club in 1908 and was appointed as Director of the National Stud (at the time in Tully in Ireland) in 1915. He also became HH Aga Khan III's first stud manager. He received a knighthood in 1925. His two sons, who were in the Irish Guards, were killed in the First World War. His colours were 'white, tartan sleeves, red cap'.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Slieve Gallion   1907   (B)
Slieve Gallion   1907   (O)
St Leger
Wildfowler   1898   (O)
Wildfowler   1898   (B)

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