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Paget, Dorothy (Hon) (1905 - 1962)

Owner (O)

Associated Places:  Chalfont St Giles, Bucks; Elsenham Stud, Herts


The formidable and eccentric Dorothy Paget was not always the dowdy, overweight owner as seen leading in her Derby, Grand National and Cheltenhem heroes. In her youth she had been beautiful, a fine rider to hounds and in the show ring. Daughter of Lord Queensborough and cousin of Jock Whitney, owner of the fine chaser Easter Hero, Dorothy Paget could have any horse her chain-store riches could buy. Nevertheless it was a good day's work when she purchased both a Gold Cup and a Champion Hurdle winner (Golden Miller and Insurance) in a single day's transaction.

Timekeeping meant nothing to Miss Paget. She kept the most irregular hours but was known as a woman of honour so bookies accepted her night-time bets after races had been run. Superstition meant everything, hence her appearance in the same shapeless coat and French beret, year after year. Dorothy Paget could be exasperating but she was a generous woman, although the outside world did not know it.

Important successes:

Straight Deal   1943   (O)
Straight Deal   1943   (B)
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Golden Miller   1932   (O)
Golden Miller   1933   (O)
Golden Miller   1934   (O)
Golden Miller   1935   (O)
Golden Miller   1936   (O)
Roman Hackle   1940   (O)
Mont Tremblant   1952   (O)
Grand National
Golden Miller   1934   (O)

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