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Woolavington, James (1st Baron) (1849 - 1935)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  James Buchanan, Mr Kincaid


Lord Woolavington made his fortune from a whiskey distillery in London. His success on the turf with horses trained by Samuel Darling Snr and his son Frederick Darling at Beckhampton included Hurry On, the giant of a horse which Fred Darling had bought for him in 1914 for only 500 guineas. He also did well with horses cast off by others. For instance, Epsom Lad, a gelding culled by Lord Rosebery, proceeded to win the Eclipse Stakes of 1901, his jockey riding the finish bare-backed when the saddle slipped. That year Epsom Lad won over £18,000.

Born James Buchanan, the Baron became interested in racing during a trip to Argentina and on his return leased the Queensberry Lodge stables at Newmarket (now sadly in ruins) from which his Argentinian trainer Alvarez operated. From here he raced under the nom de course of Mr Kincaid. Later he sent horses to the stables of Samuel Darling (followed by his son Fred) Major Edwards and Peter Gilpin (followed by his son Victor).

In 1922 Buchanan was created the first (and last) Lord Woolavington; that year he won the Derby with Captain Cuttle. His descendants, the Macdonald Buchanans, maintain their interest and active involvement in racing. Captain J Macdonald Buchanan was, until recently, a Trustee of the National Horseracing Museum.

Important successes:

Captain Cuttle   1922   (B)
Captain Cuttle   1922   (O)
Coronach   1926   (O)
Coronach   1926   (B)
St Leger
Hurry On   1916   (O)
Coronach   1926   (O)
Coronach   1926   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Eclipse Stakes  Epsom Lad   1901   (O)
Princess of Wales's Stakes  Epsom Lad   1901   (O)
St James's Palace Stakes  Captain Cuttle   1922   (B)
St James's Palace Stakes  Captain Cuttle   1922   (O)
Eclipse Stakes  Coronach   1926   (O)
Eclipse Stakes  Coronach   1926   (B)
Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket  Press Gang   1929   (B)
Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket  Press Gang   1929   (O)

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