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Sievier, Robert Standish (1860 - 1939)

Owner (O),  Trainer (T)

Associated Places:  Elston House Stable, Shrewton, Wilts; Fitzroy House, Newmarket


Robert Sievier was born in a London Hansom cab. He had already won and lost a fortune when, once again in funds, he and his trainer Charles Morton bought the very expensive Sceptre at the Duke of Westminster's dispersal sale. Morton trained her at first, but in 1902 Sievier took over and became the first owner/trainer to head the owner's list at the end of the year - Sceptre had had a spectacular but exhausting season. However, Sievier was poor again by the end of the year, and sold her to William Bass for £25,000. He told the new trainer Alec Taylor to 'treat her like a selling plater'.

Robert Sievier ran a paper called The Winning Post which he used to attack those he disliked on the turf. In 1904, giving no reason, the Jockey Club warned him off. He was reinstated in 1907 and had various successes as a trainer and an owner before the Jockey Club once again withdrew his licence. From then, his life fell apart, but even as a relatively poor man, he still attended the races.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Sceptre   1902   (O)
Sceptre   1902   (T)
1000 Guineas
Sceptre   1902   (O)
Sceptre   1902   (T)
Sceptre   1902   (O)
Sceptre   1902   (T)
St Leger
Sceptre   1902   (O)
Sceptre   1902   (T)

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