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Dunraven (4th Earl of) (1841 - 1926)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Wyndham Thomas Wyndham-Quin; Lord Adare

Associated Places:  Dunraven Castle, Glamorgan; Adare Manor, Co Limerick


The 4th Earl of Dunraven - politician, Daily Telegraph war correspondent and author - succeeded to his father's title in 1871. Apart from bloodstock, his great love was yacht racing. In the 1890s he was involved in the Americas Cup and challenged the Americans with regard to the length of their boat. However he was unable to substantiate his allegations and was expelled from the New York Yacht Club.

The Earl became interested in racing through his friendship with Lord Randolph Churchill (Winston Churchill's father) . Together they bought and campaigned the Oaks winner L'Abbesse de Jouarre. Later, the Earl bred a black colt by St Simon out of this mare, called Desmond. He was a good 2-y-o who fell out of love with racing in his second season. However he became Champion Sire in 1913 when both his sons, Aboyeur and Craganour won the Derby that year (the latter was disqualified). The Earl bred a great public favourite, Land League, winner of 33 of his 59 races, including the Cambridgeshire Handicap. Solario, his great stayer, was sold to Sir John Rutherford as a yearling.

Important successes:

St Leger
Solario   1925   (B)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
July Stakes, Newmarket  Desmond   1898   (B)
Coventry Stakes, Ascot  Desmond   1898   (O)
Coventry Stakes, Ascot  Desmond   1898   (B)
July Stakes, Newmarket  Desmond   1898   (O)
Cambridgeshire Handicap  Land League   1907   (B)
Middle Park Plate  Craganour   1912   (B)
Ascot Gold Cup  Solario   1926   (B)
Coronation Cup, Epsom  Solario   1926   (B)

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